Cheh blasts plans to cut guidance counselors at Wilson High

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Wilson High School is located at 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/September 2016)

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is objecting to the reported dismissal of three guidance counselors at Wilson High School, which she calls “a direct result of cuts to the school’s budget for the upcoming school year.”

In a May 5 letter to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, Cheh wrote that the impact of losing the counselors would be “immeasurable,” harming students in their college application process. Cheh said when she previously pressed the chancellor on “the proposed cut of 8.8 staff at Wilson” due to the proposed budget allocation, he assured her the Tenleytown school “had received the funding that it needed.”

“Apparently not,” Cheh surmised in her letter, adding that the loss of 12th-grade counselor Diana Blitz would have a “particularly devastating impact” on Wilson students. The council member urged the city leaders to take immediate action to prevent the removals, “while there is still a chance to do so.”