Update on A6763
By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant
Last week I wrote about legislation introduced by New York State Assembly Member Felix Ortiz. A6763 would require all New York school districts to have one licensed social worker in every elementary, intermediate, middle school, junior high and senior high school.
Lisa Bundrick, who first told me about the bill, sent out an update on Tuesday:
I attended a meeting with Assembly Member Ortiz today. Please ask your friends, family, anyone you know to write letters of support for school social workers! We are making a difference! While this bill needs some modification, it is a great stepping stone in the right direction and is bringing about a lot of conversation. Assembly Member Ortiz said he has received an enormous amount of support in the past two weeks from you!
Please continue to get the word out and ask any/everyone you know to write letters of support to their representatives. Please see my previous email for NASW’s statement on this topic.
There will be a more official update on this in the near future. For now, please keep up the good work! Please forward this email on to everyone you know. Also, please save a copy of any letters you write on your computer…. that way it will be easy to re-send to others in the future.
Thank you everyone.
Lisa Bundrick, LMSW
You can read my post about A6763, which includes a link to the letter template from NASW as well as their statement on the matter, here. Please remember to fax a copy of your letter to Assembly Member Ortiz at 1-518-455-3828. If you are unsure who your Assembly Member is or how to reach them you can find that information on the New York Assembly page at this link.