Dear New York State School Counselors,
On Tuesday May 3, 2016, a delegation from the NYSSCA Executive Board participated in an important meeting held at the New York State Education Department in Albany regarding the proposed amendments to school counselor regulations currently before the Board of Regents. The members of our delegation were:
Dr. Barbara A. Donnellan, President, NYSSCA; Dr. Robert Rotunda, Executive Director; NYSSCA, Gloria Jean, Immediate Past President, NYSSCA; Kristen Shearer, President Elect Elect, NYSSCA; Dr. Carol Dahir, Past President, NYSSCA.
Other attendees at the meeting were NYSED staff members including Renee Rider, Associate Commissioner, and Stan Hansen, Executive Director, OPASS, and representatives from the United Federation of Teachers, New York State United Teachers, New York ACES, National Association of Social Workers NYS, New York State Association of School Psychologists and New York State School Social Workers Association.
The discussion was intended to help clarify language in the proposed regulations based upon the 900+ public comments that were offered to NYSED when the proposed regulations were posted to the NY State Register. The dialogue was rich and detailed in response to revision suggestions posed by NYSED. These revisions involved more careful wording to reduce the likelihood of misinterpretation in the field. The NYSSCA delegation and many others in the room were pleased to find the proposed revisions did not compromise the ASCA National Model standards upon which the regulation is based.
NYSED’s commitment is to prepare a revised regulation and bring this group together again to continue the discussion. While dependent upon other factors that may take priority, the estimated timeline is for this meeting to take place mid-May and for the revised regulation to be presented to the Board of Regents as early as their June meeting with a 30 day public comment period to follow. This would allow a return to the Board of Regents for a vote no earlier than September 2016. To accommodate the longer timeline, implementation dates in the regulation will be advanced by at least one year.
NYSSCA will continue to represent school counselors during this important process and will keep our members informed on the progress. Stay tuned for further developments as they take shape!
Barbara A. Donnellan, Ed.D.
President, New York State School Counselor Association