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 1        AN ACT regarding schools.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.  The School Code is amended by adding Section
 5    14-6.04 as follows:

 6        (105 ILCS 5/14-6.04 new)
 7        Sec. 14-6.04.  Contracting for speech-language  pathology
 8    services.
 9        (a)  For purposes of this Section:
10        "Reasonable   efforts"   means   performing  all  of  the
11    following:
12             (1)  placing at least  3  employment  advertisements
13        for   a  speech-language  pathologist  published  in  the
14        newspaper  of  widest  distribution  within  the   school
15        district or cooperative;
16             (2)  placing one employment listing in the placement
17        bulletin   of   a  college  or  university   that  has  a
18        speech-language pathology curriculum that is  located  in
19        the   geographic   area   of   the   school  district  or
20        cooperative, if any; and
21             (3)  posting  the   position   for   speech-language
22        pathologist   on   the  Illinois  Association  of  School
23        Administrators' job placement service  for  at  least  30
24        days.
25        "Speech-language pathologist" means a person who:
26             (1)  holds  a  master's  or  doctoral  degree with a
27        major  emphasis  in  speech-language  pathology  from  an
28        institution whose course of study was approved or program
29        was accredited by the Council on  Academic  Accreditation
30        in   Audiology   and  Speech-Language  Pathology  of  the
31        American  Speech-Language-Hearing  Association   or   its
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 1        predecessor; and
 2             (2)  either  (i)  has  completed  a program of study
 3        prior to July 1,  2002  that  includes  course  work  and
 4        supervised  clinical experience sufficient in breadth and
 5        depth to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to  the
 6        specific  problems, methods, and procedures applicable to
 7        students with disabilities in a  school  setting  serving
 8        ages 3 to 21 or (ii) meets the content-area standards for
 9        speech-language  pathologists  adopted by the State Board
10        of Education, in  consultation  with  the  State  Teacher
11        Certification Board.
12        "Speech-language    pathology    services"    means   the
13    application  of  methods  and  procedures  for   identifying,
14    measuring,  testing,  appraising,  predicting,  and modifying
15    communication development and disorders  or  disabilities  of
16    speech,   language,  voice,  swallowing,  and  other  speech,
17    language, and voice-related  disorders  for  the  purpose  of
18    counseling,    consulting,    and   rendering   services   or
19    participating in the planning, directing,  or  conducting  of
20    programs  that are designed to modify communicative disorders
21    and  conditions  in  individuals  or  groups  of  individuals
22    involving speech, language, voice, and swallowing functions.
23        (b)  A  school  district  or  a  cooperative  must   make
24    reasonable  efforts  to employ a speech-language pathologist.
25    While making those reasonable efforts or  after  unsuccessful
26    reasonable efforts have been made, or both, a school district
27    or  cooperative  may  contract  for speech-language pathology
28    services with a speech-language pathologist or an entity that
29    employs  speech-language  pathologists.   A   speech-language
30    pathologist  who  provides speech-language pathology services
31    pursuant to a contract must hold:
32             (1)  a speech-language pathology license  under  the
33        Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice
34        Act; and
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 1             (2)  a   certificate   under   this   Code  with  an
 2        endorsement in speech-language pathology.

 3        Section 99.  Effective date. This Act takes  effect  upon
 4    becoming law.