ISCA Leaders met in person with Rep. Mazzochi

Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:09 PM | Vince Walsh-Rock (Administrator)

Recently, ISCA leaders Larissa Zelisko-Director of Counseling & Dr. Vince Walsh-Rock-Executive Director met in person for an in depth conversation about the concerns ISCA had received regarding the decision to recognize Rep Mazzochi as the ISCA Legislator of the Year. Rep. Mazzochi was nominated and received this award due to her leadership in writing HB 1719, which was signed by Governor Pritzker and became law PA 102-197 in July, 2021. The law amends the School Code, the Seizure Smart School Act, the College and Career Success for All Students Act, the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, the Sex Offender Community Notification Law, and the Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act to replace the terms "school guidance counselor" and "guidance counselor" with the term "school counselor". This significant piece of legislation is essential for Illinois school counselors as it provides the opportunity to advocate for their appropriate responsibilities as determined by the American School Counselor Association. In the meeting, Rep. Mazzochi shared that ""she supports school counselors and the valuable work they do for students needing assistance." Additional dialogue included the opportunity to clarify best practices for Social and Emotional Learning and school counselor professional ethics.



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