CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 182 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) on February 23, 2009.
H.Res. 182 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Supports the designation of ‘School Social Work Week';
• "Honors and recognizes the contributions of school social workers to the successes of students in schools across the Nation; and
• "Encourages the people of the United States to observe ‘School Social Work Week' with appropriate ceremonies and activities that promote awareness of the vital role of school social workers, in schools and in the community as a whole, in helping students prepare for their futures as productive citizens."
School social work has been recognized in the current authorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as a necessary component of public school education. School social workers are trained in providing counseling services to students who face problems at school, due to disability, discrimination, abuse, addiction, bullying, divorce of parents, loss of a loved one, etc.