A House panel is considering a plan to spend $2.5 million to support school counselors and lay out specific guidelines for their job descriptions.
The House Education Committee introduced the bill Thursday.
Marilyn Whitney, education liaison for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, says counselors often get sidetracked by having to substitute teach or maintain records.
According to the bill, counselors should spend their time helping students choose academic courses and work with students with disciplinary problems.