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Congressional Cuts Threaten Pennsylvania School Social Workers

Jeers to the U.S. Congress for an early ending to the Smart Choices Program, which provides funding for school social workers in the York, Pa. area, according to this article in the York Daily Record.

The school district is scrambling to get a new grant to keep five social workers on staff. Ginia Moorehead, a senior at York’s William Penn High School, and others lobbied the school board to save the job of social worker Barb Leonard.

According to our records, Leonard, LCSW, MSW, is a National Association of Social Workers member. Leonard helped Moorehead find shelter when she was nearly homeless.

 “People are knocking on her door nonstop,” Moorehead said. “She’s some stability in our lives.”

To learn more about how social workers help young people succeed, visit NASW’s “Help Starts Here” Schools and Communities Web page by clicking here.

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