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Hiring more school counselors can help close the achievement gap

Hiring more school counselors can help close the achievement gap

To the editor: Thank you for illustrating the difference between schools that are adequately staffed with professional school counselors and those that are not. ("These 2 teens with similar backgrounds took very different paths to college," May 12)

The national recommended student-to-counselor ratio is 250-to-1, but California lags woefully behind at up to 950-to-1, depriving the state's youth of much needed guidance during key stages of development and decision-making.

We in California's universities are training highly qualified professionals to fill these...

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