Miller named ‘Legislator of the Year’ for work on education

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 25 – Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, chair of the House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation, was recently named “Legislator of the Year” by the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association for his work in supporting and advocating for professional support services in schools.

“About a decade ago our school districts were decimated in several important academic areas, as well as in key student support fields,” Miller said. “House Bill 1500, which I introduced with Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Phila./Montgomery, attempts to close this shortfall by requiring a full complement of school counselors, psychologists, social workers and nurses to ensure access to help is never a problem and that caseload management is never an issue.” 

Miller continued, “Research shows the overwhelming positive impact of ensuring every student feels supported by at least one caring adult, and for so many, that need is met in school. However, in time of elevated need, required teaching and mandated testing, it is unreasonable to expect teachers to fill all of these voids -- and of course, teachers are not counselors. Whether for undiagnosed mental health, the impact of trauma, the challenges of isolation, or the anxiety often associated with today’s learning, our kids need access to timely and professional support.”

The Pennsylvania School Counselors Association is a professional organization, which represents school counseling in Pennsylvania, whose mission is to expand the image and influence of professional school counselors, to promote professional and ethical practice, and to advocate for equity and access for all students.

House Bill 1500 is currently awaiting action in the House Education Committee.