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Frisco, Tx – The Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA) awarded Representative Mary González the “Advocate of the Year” award on Tuesday for her commitment to improving the public education system in Texas and providing school counselors the support and resources they need to create healthy and safe learning environments for students.
“My commitment to serve counselors stems from the many ways in which the counselors I have experienced in my life have truly changed my life,” said Rep. González. “It was because of my counselors that I was able to believe in a life with a range of opportunities and choices, and it was because of counselors that I decided to serve my community, since they were there to support me when I came back home.”
During this past legislative session, Rep. González filed HB 727, which would have mandated that school counselors spend at least 80% of their total work time on duties addressing components of their counseling program.
Although the bill did not pass into law, Rep. González plans to refile the bill during the next legislative session in an effort to ensure that counselors are able to spend a majority of their work time helping students.
“I am honored and humbled to be receiving the Advocate of the Year Award from the Lone Star State School Counselor Association,” said Rep. González. “I look forward to continuing to work to pass legislation that supports the efforts of one of our most valuable Texas resources: our school counselors.”
The Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA) is a 2,000 member organization that advocates for school counselors and school safety.