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Arizona has highest ratio of students to school counselors

Posted: 1:30 PM, Aug 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-19 19:32:01Z

Arizona has the highest student to school counselor ratio in the nation and some teachers and student activists are concerned about the shortage of counselors as school shootings and violence mount.

The Arizona Republic reports data from the American School Counselor Association says Arizona averaged 903 students to every one counselor in public schools in the 2015-16 school year.

The data shows the state held a 743-1 ratio a decade ago but climbed as high as 941-1 in the post-recession years before slowly improving.

The improved ratio - still more than three times the recommended number - has been a sticking point for Arizona's March for Our Lives student and #RedForEd teacher movements.

One of the leaders of the Arizona March for Our Lives movement, 17-year-old Jordan Harb, says the state is "dangerously under-funding mental health."