Public Act 93-0110

HB2797 Enrolled                      LRB093 06800 NHT 06941 b

    AN ACT regarding schools.

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

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

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

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

Effective Date: 07/08/03