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ERIC Number: EJ901927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-5653
School Social Workers in Texas: A Comparative Demographic Analysis of the Texas-Mexico Border and Non-Border Regions
Garza, Cecilia; Landeck, Michael
School Social Work Journal, v31 n2 p49-66 Spr 2007
This study examines the role of school social workers as potential agents of change in the educational system, with a special focus on their major demographic characteristics in Texas and along the Mexico border region. The border region of the state has chronic poverty and limited educational attainment levels and demonstrates a need for innovative ideas to improve the quality of life and the prospects of its aspiring youths. It is becoming increasingly evident and acceptable to educational stakeholders that the school social workers employed by school districts are probably the best-skilled and best-equipped employees in the public school environment to handle many of the social problems students are facing today. The multiplicity of nonacademic problems students encounter is hindering the potential for higher standards and educational attainment. Using data primarily from the Texas Education Agency and the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners, we find that more school social workers are needed and that a notable number of active social workers are not licensed. Two of the major findings indicate that the ratio of students to social workers in Texas is 7,838 to one (5,643 to one on the border), contrary to the benchmark set by the Department of Education of 800 students per social worker in the No Child Left Behind campus evaluation criteria, and that 31.4 percent of the school social workers in Texas (27.9% on the border) do not have a current license. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas