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Legislators seek to add counselors to California schools

A bill co-sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond could put 10,000 new mental health counselors in public schools.

The bill, which was unveiled this week by Thurmond, would set aside $25,000 grants to counselors who commit to serving two years in high-need communities, according to the Mercury News.

“Our youngest children crying, feeling emotional; older children acting out, showing behavioral needs; and all the while our schools struggling to find enough clinicians and counselors to provide the supports that our schools need,” Thurmond said.