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NYC Ed Dismantles Guidance Counselor Program

A South Bronx school still reeling from the loss of students’ parents to COVID-19 and the unexpected death of a beloved principal is now losing five of its eight guidance counselors due to city budget cuts.

Bronx Letters is one of dozens of middle and high schools in the South Bronx and Brownsville, Brooklyn, losing more than 100 critically-needed guidance counselors and social workers after city officials slashed the “Single Shepherd” initiative. Mayor de Blasio once touted the program as central to his education agenda.

The roughly 130 Single Shepherd counselors will be “excessed,” meaning they’ll be reassigned to other open positions in the Education Department, an agency spokesperson said.

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