Michigan schools skimp on guidance counselors as demand for services soars

As a veteran high school counselor in Livonia Public Schools, on any given day I help determine when students need extra classroom attention, flag potential mental health concerns or problems at home, and help students chart career paths that lead to bright and prosperous futures.

The role of a school counselor has changed dramatically since I began this job 15 years ago, from a focus on helping students pick courses and plan careers, to identifying students potentially capable of school shootings.

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