Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. With respect to the special education personnel reimbursement to school districts, provides that the reimbursement is for staff working on behalf of certain children (instead of for those children), for certificated employees who work with or on behalf of students with disabilities full time (instead of teachers, professional workers, directors, and school psychologists), and for non-certified employees (instead of necessary non-certified employees). Effective immediately.
Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides for a definition of "qualified worker" instead of "professional worker". In a Section concerning State reimbursement for personnel and transportation, makes changes concerning reimbursement for staff working on behalf of children who have not been identified as eligible for special education and for eligible children with physical disabilities, including eligible children in hospital or home instruction. Sets forth requirements in order to qualify for home or hospital instruction. Requires the State Board of Education to establish rules governing the required qualifications of staff providing home or hospital instruction. Makes changes concerning reimbursement for the cost of transportation, including changing the amount from 4/5 of the cost to 80% of the cost. Makes changes with respect to reimbursement for each qualified worker, for the director, and for non-certified employees. Removes provisions concerning reimbursement for each school psychologist and each qualified teacher working in a program for children of preschool age who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Effective immediately.