Louisville, KY – School counselors in kentucky would like to see state lawmakers improve the counselor-student ratio.
But so far budget constraints have hurt their efforts.
Kentucky had about 453 students per counselor in 2003, the latest federal figures available. That's less than the national average of 478. But Kevin Quinn, with the American School Counselor Association, says when you get over 300, you start to lose connections with the students.
A counselor at Ohio County high school, Charles Patton, says counselors often don't have enough time to see all their students and it's the students who suffer.
Patton is president of the Kentucky School Counselor Association.