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Full Text of SB1794  97th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
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
17    impaired.
18        (4) Teacher of students who are deaf or hard of
19    hearing.
20        (5) Speech-language pathologist.
21        (6) Early childhood special education teacher.
22    (b) The State Board of Education is authorized to provide
23for the assignment of individuals to special education



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1positions by short-term, emergency certification. Short-term,
2emergency certification shall not be renewed.
3    (c) The State Board of Education is authorized to use
4peremptory rulemaking, in accordance with Section 5-50 of the
5Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, to place into the
6Illinois Administrative Code the certification policies and
7standards related to special education, as authorized under
8this Section, that the State Board has been required to
9implement pursuant to federal court orders dated February 27,
102001, August 15, 2001, and September 11, 2002 in the matter of
11Corey H., et al. v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago,
12et al. The State Teacher Certification Board shall
13categorically certify a special education teacher in one or
14more of the following specialized categories of disability if
15the special education teacher applies and qualifies for such
17        (1) Serious emotional disturbance.
18        (2) Learning disabilities.
19        (3) Autism.
20        (4) Mental retardation.
21        (5) Orthopedic (physical) impairment.
22        (6) Traumatic brain injury.
23        (7) Other health impairment.
24(Source: P.A. 92-709, eff. 7-19-02.)
25    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
26becoming law.