New School Counseling Legislation

California Senator, Ricardo Lara, received the Legislator of the Year Award from the California Association of School Counselors at their recent conference.

Sen. Lara authored Senate Bill 451, which was introduced in February and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on October, 6, 2015.  The bill updates CA Ed Code 49600 and instead of stating that districts may provide a comprehensive school counseling program, 451 strongly “encourages K-12 districts to adopt educational school counseling programs, defines the scope of school counseling, and encourages ongoing professional development.” (

Sen. Lara was previously honored with a Champion of Change Award at the White House by Pres. Obama. (


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