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Full Text of SB1794  97th General Assembly


Rep. Lou Lang

Filed: 5/6/2011





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1794 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
521-28 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/21-28)
7    Sec. 21-28. Special education teachers; categorical
9    (a) In order to create a special education workforce with
10the broad-based knowledge necessary to educate students with a
11variety of disabilities, the State Board of Education and State
12Teacher Certification Board shall certify a special education
13teacher under one of the following:
14        (1) Learning behavior specialist I.
15        (2) Learning behavior specialist II.
16        (3) Teacher of students who are blind or visually



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1    impaired.
2        (4) Teacher of students who are deaf or hard of
3    hearing.
4        (5) Speech-language pathologist.
5        (6) Early childhood special education teacher.
6    (b) The State Board of Education is authorized to provide
7for the assignment of individuals to special education
8positions by short-term, emergency certification. Short-term,
9emergency certification shall not be renewed.
10    (c) The State Board of Education is authorized to use
11peremptory rulemaking, in accordance with Section 5-50 of the
12Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, to place into the
13Illinois Administrative Code the certification policies and
14standards related to special education, as authorized under
15this Section, that the State Board has been required to
16implement pursuant to federal court orders dated February 27,
172001, August 15, 2001, and September 11, 2002 in the matter of
18Corey H., et al. v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago,
19et al. The State Teacher Certification Board shall
20categorically certify a special education teacher in one or
21more of the following specialized categories of disability if
22the special education teacher applies and qualifies for such
24        (1) Serious emotional disturbance.
25        (2) Learning disabilities.
26        (3) Autism.



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1        (4) Mental retardation.
2        (5) Orthopedic (physical) impairment.
3        (6) Traumatic brain injury.
4        (7) Other health impairment.
5(Source: P.A. 92-709, eff. 7-19-02.)
6    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
7becoming law.".