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Public Act 097-0461





Public Act 097-0461
SB1794 EnrolledLRB097 09914 NHT 50077 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
21-28 as follows:
    (105 ILCS 5/21-28)
    Sec. 21-28. Special education teachers; categorical
    (a) In order to create a special education workforce with
the broad-based knowledge necessary to educate students with a
variety of disabilities, the State Board of Education and State
Teacher Certification Board shall certify a special education
teacher under one of the following:
        (1) Learning behavior specialist I.
        (2) Learning behavior specialist II.
        (3) Teacher of students who are blind or visually
        (4) Teacher of students who are deaf or hard of
        (5) Speech-language pathologist.
        (6) Early childhood special education teacher.
    (b) The State Board of Education is authorized to provide
for the assignment of individuals to special education
positions by short-term, emergency certification. Short-term,
emergency certification shall not be renewed.
    (c) The State Board of Education is authorized to use
peremptory rulemaking, in accordance with Section 5-50 of the
Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, to place into the
Illinois Administrative Code the certification policies and
standards related to special education, as authorized under
this Section, that the State Board has been required to
implement pursuant to federal court orders dated February 27,
2001, August 15, 2001, and September 11, 2002 in the matter of
Corey H., et al. v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago,
et al. The State Teacher Certification Board shall
categorically certify a special education teacher in one or
more of the following specialized categories of disability if
the special education teacher applies and qualifies for such
        (1) Serious emotional disturbance.
        (2) Learning disabilities.
        (3) Autism.
        (4) Mental retardation.
        (5) Orthopedic (physical) impairment.
        (6) Traumatic brain injury.
        (7) Other health impairment.
(Source: P.A. 92-709, eff. 7-19-02.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/19/2011