ISAC ... ISAC LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST Page 3 The Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Children
ISAC ... ISAC LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST Page 3 The Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Children
ISAC ... ISAC LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST Page 3 The Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Children
ISAC ... ISAC LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST Page 3 The Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Children

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  • removal of the limitations, however, lies

    with ensuring access for students with

    disabilities to their nondisabled peers

    within the general education classroom

    and the provision of accommodations

    and supports for the students to be suc-

    cessful.

    A stakeholder group was convened

    facilitated by Chairman Chico to discuss

    options regarding 226.730 and 226.731

    ISAC representatives attended this

    meeting and will continue to participate in

    discussions.

    One of the responsibilities of ISAC is to

    review changes to the Illinois School

    Code to determine how proposed

    changes may affect students with

    disabilities. Currently, the follow

    changes are being considered by the

    Illinois State Board of Education.

    Proposed Amendments to Part 226

    ( S pecial Education )

    Both Sections 226.730 and 226.731,

    which address class size, including a

    definition of "general education

    classroom", are being proposed for

    repeal. The proposed amendments

    were shared with the Illinois State

    Advisory Council ( ISAC ) on the Edu-

    cation of Children with Disabilities, as

    required under the law, on February 6,

    2013. Although ISAC members ex-

    pressed their opposition to the proposed

    rule changes, they conducted extensive

    discussions, particularly about the 70/30

    ratio. The council members understand

    that class size restrictions, especially

    the 70/30 ratio, may hamper school

    districts' ability to provide inclusive

    opportunities for students with

    disabilities. Their opposition to the

    ISAC Provide’s Public Testimony Regarding Changes to Part 226 Rules

    Proposed Amendments to Part 23 (Standards for

    School Personnel Licensure

    Proposed Amendments to Part

    23 ( Standards for the School

    Service Personnel Licensure )

    P.A. 97-607, effective August

    26, 2011, changes the current

    system of teacher,

    administrator and school

    service personnel licensure set

    forth in Article 21 of the School

    Code to a licensure system

    ( A rticle 21B of the School

    Code ) . References to certi-

    fication and related terms are

    being changed to align this

    set of rules to the licensure

    system, which became

    effective July 1, 2013.

    Additionally, national s

    tandards referenced in Part

    23 for school counselor,

    school nurse, school

    psychologist and school so-

    cial worker are being updated

    to reflect incorporation of the

    most recent versions avail-

    able. Part 23 was promul-

    gated in 2002, so the stan-

    dards set forth in its provi-

    sions date from the 1990s.

    ISAC

    WINTER 2014

    Illinois State Advisory Council on the

    Education of Children with Disabilities

    MEMBERS Dr. Elizabeth Conran (Chair)

    Sharon Slover (Vice-Chair)

    Stephen Breese

    Heath Brosseau

    Tiffany Cole

    Greg Donovan

    Joanna Graham

    Kristine Hohulin

    Ronald Kubalanza

    Suzanne Lee

    Kimberly McClellan

    Ancel Montenelli

    De. Jennifer Naddeo

    Marjorie Olson

    Mike Otte

    Lauri Phillips

    Dr. Elizabeth Purvis

    Rick Ramirez

    Diane Blair Sherlock

    Carrie Snyder

    Susy Woods

  • Proposed Amendments to Part 28 (Standards for Licensure in Spe-

    cial Education )

    P.A. 97-607, effective August 26, 2011, changes the current system

    of teacher, administrator and school service personnel certification set

    forth in Article 21 of the School Code to a licensure system ( Article

    21B of the School code ) . References to certification and related

    terms are being changed to align this set of rules to the licensure

    system, which became effective July 1, 2013.

    Illinois State Advisory Council Members Needed

    Proposed Changes to Certification in Special Education

    that govern special education. To this end, it is imperative for

    ISAC to operate with a full Membership. The ISAC is seeking

    individuals who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives

    of children with disabilities. There are currently several open-

    ings on the Council:

    1 opening for a Parent of child with a disability

    2 openings for individuals with a disabilities

    1 opening for a student with a disability

    1 opening for an LEA Superintendent

    There are council vacancies for two adults and one student with

    disabilities, one parent of a child with disabilities, and an LEA

    Superintendent. If

    you are interested in

    nominating yourself

    or someone you

    know to join this

    dedicated group in

    order to support the

    children of Illinois,

    please visit:

    www.appointments.illinois.gov.

    As our very own Governor Quinn says on the IL state web-

    site…The office of citizen is the highest office in the land.

    One of the best ways to participate in our democracy is by

    serving on a state board or commission. These groups over-

    see and advise Illinois' elected officials, state agencies and

    organizations on a wide range of issues that affect the public

    welfare.

    The Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Chil-

    dren with Disabilities is statutorily created by

    Section 14-3.01 of the School Code of Illinois. The mission

    of the Council is to provide advice and policy guidance to the

    Governor, General Assembly, and the State Board of

    Education with respect to special education and related

    services for children with disabilities. Members are

    comprised of a broad representative ’ s of the State ’ s

    population who represent children with disabilities.

    ISAC plays a critical role in the education of children with

    disabilities in the State of Illinois. Policy makers hear the

    Council ’ s collective voice when critical decisions are made

    relative to Legislation that effects special education. ISAC

    members are influential in the Rule & Regulation processes

    Page 2

    Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities

  • ISAC LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST

    Page 3

    The Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education

    of Children with Disabilities invites students receiving

    special education services, their teachers, parents,

    and all Illinois Legislators to our 8th Annual

    Legislative Breakfast. This event provides a unique

    opportunity for our elected officials to meet Illinois

    students, family members, and educators so that

    these legislators can better understand the

    challenges to obtaining a free, appropriate public education in Illinois. The breakfast will be

    prepared and served by Illinois Students who receive special education services in our great

    state ’ s.

    Where: Illinois State Capitol Rotunda

    Springfield, IL

    When: April 9, 2014

    8:00 am to 11:00 am

    Financial assistant is available to students on

    an individual and limited basis. For further

    information contact Sharon Slover at

    Sharon.slover@menta.com ISAC MISSION

    The role of the Illinois State Advisory Council on

    the Education of Children with Disabilities is to

    be a proactive body, advising the Governor,

    Legislature and the State Board of Education on

    current issues relating to the education of

    children and youth with disabilities. It is also the

    responsibility of this Council to encourage new

    strategies and technologies, while advocating

    high standards of excellence throughout Illinois.

    Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities

  • Teacher ’ s Assistant with

    Southern Illinois University

    Edwardsville Head Start

    where she works with three and four year

    olds. Ms. McClellen and he husband

    have created an advocacy organization

    ( A SD Advocate ) to assist families with

    the challenges of having a family member

    who has neurological disabilities. Ms.

    McClellan is a member of the Board of

    Directors of Family Matters Parent

    Training and Information Center and the

    National Alliance on Mental Illness

    Southwestern Illinois ( NAMI SWI ) ;

    additionally she is a member of the

    special education advisory committee of

    the Illinois Educators Association ( IEA/

    NEA ) .

    Lauri Phillips moved to Oswego with hus-

    band and children in order to find a better

    learning environment for her children. She

    earned a Bachelor ’ s degree in Business

    Administration from the University of St.

    Francis in Joliet and has been an staff

    accountant for an engineeri