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Schmidt named Legislator of the Year by Michigan’s school counselors

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Wayne Schmidt was honored Tuesday as Legislator of the Year by the Michigan School Counselors Association (MSCA).

Schmidt was presented the award as a way to recognize his consistent support for not only Michigan’s K-12 schools, including those in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, but for his persistent support for school counselors and student mental health as well.

“This was a historic budget season for Michigan’s K-12 schools,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12 and Department of Education. “The budget that was signed into law finally levels the playing field for districts across the state and works to address the unique needs schools have faced as a result of the pandemic. This includes funding to hire and retain school counselors and psychologists to support our students.”

Schmidt added that he is grateful for the recognition and looks forward to continuing to work with MSCA members to get more resources for student success into schools across the state.

“I want to thank the Michigan School Counselors Association for this award. It’s an honor to be recognized as an advocate for our students,” Schmidt said. “I have long supported school counselors and have advocated for their importance to student success — and I will continue to do so.”