Guidance Gap

Counselors are key to helping students navigate school, apply to college and map out careers, but there’s a critical shortage of them in our nation’s schools. We look at how the school counseling crisis is affecting kids.

OPINION: How colleges can cash in on the latest admissions scandal — without breaking the law

A completely legal plan to separate the richest parents from their money, and to help poor and middle-class students, too

OPINION: 1.7 million students attend schools with police but no counselor — ACLU report

Over-policed schools increase a student’s likelihood of entering the criminal justice system

STUDENT VOICE: ‘College was just another foreign word. Then it became a dream for every student in my school’

When her high school lacked counselors to help with college admissions, this student helped her peers and herself

Clarissa Santana is a mother of three who is frustrated when she returns to college at the University of Akron and learns her credits from a for-profit school don’t transfer. She tells her story in the new documentary “Unlikely.”

Two new documentaries showcase a long and winding road to college

‘Personal Statement,’ and ‘Unlikely’ hit the film festival circuits with stories of real-life obstacles and struggles

Freshmen at St. Louis Park High School, just outside of Minneapolis, take time out of their social studies class for a team-building exercise that is part of the school’s Building Assets, Reducing Risks program.

A little-known program has lifted 9th grade performance in virtually every type of school

Using a holistic approach with students to “catch those coughs before they become pneumonia”

“Since my parents didn’t get much education, it’s hard to talk to them about my schoolwork and applying to college, or how to plan my time and get everything done,” says Mariano Almanza, 18, pictured speaking with his Coronado High School guidance counselor, Colleen McElvogue.

School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

How Colorado is betting on counseling to vault low-income kids into good jobs and post-secondary education

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E-Counseling 2.0: Can a new wave of virtual guidance help?

The latest virtual guidance counseling services may help more low-income kids get to college

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