A Jackson County, Minn., ninth-grader whose geometry grade suddenly declines now might get an eMail summons from the school counselor, asking him or her to stop by for a consultation. Such targeted and timely communications have become difficult in recent years as school counselors serve a growing number of students, but new technology is now making it easier for state counselors to keep track of student progress and help them plan for college, reports the Jackson County Pilot. A $735,000 federal grant awarded to Minnesota has helped more than 130 schools adopt comprehensive online counseling software to help them serve


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