New ISBE Approved Special Ed Rules

I don't really understand what this means, but I'm sure many of you who are in the schools will:

many months of discussion, the Illinois State Board of Education has
approved changes to the Special Education Rules.  These changes include
revisions of the ones that ISBE proposed and adopted in December, 2006.
The approved changes to the rules include:  Beginning
in the 2009-10 school year, special education class sizes will be
determined by the time a student spends outside the general education
classroom instead of type of disability a student has. Local unions
will have an opportunity to bargain workload under this provision,
because under the new rules school districts will be required to have a
written plan for determining special education teacher workloads.
Determination of workload will include, in addition to actual teaching
time, collaboration with staff, attendance at meetings, paperwork and


in 2009-10, school districts will be required to use a Response to
Intervention (RTI) process as a factor to determine whether a student
is learning disabled.


are many other changes as well. The CTU Special Education Committee and
IFT Task Force (which includes members of the CTU Special Ed.
Committee) provided a great deal of input concerning these changes.
Last September, 2006, CTU Recording Secretary, Mary McGuire and CTU
Special Education Committee Chairman, Linda Goff, argued against some
of the previously proposed revisions including those concerning class
size/case load and transition planning.  In response, the Illinois
Federation of Teachers Special Education Task Force did not approve of
the initial proposed changes and the IFT urged the Joint Committee on
Administrative rules not to approve the revisions. In January, the
Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) issued a prohibition on
the filing of the rules resulting in ISBE meeting with the Illinois
Federation of Teachers, The Illinois Education Association and other
groups to reach an agreement acceptable to all parties. The latest
revisions are a compromise more acceptable to all."

Link: SpecEdRules5.29.07.

Filed under: The World Outside CPS


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  • I sent Alexander Russo a copy of this letter yesterday. It explains our general position on these rules.

    May 24, 2007

    Senator Maggie Crotty

    122 State House

    Springfield IL 62706

    Representative Brent Hassert

    217-N Stratton Bldg.

    Springfield IL 62706

    Dear Senator Crotty and Representative Hassert,

    At your June 12th Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) meeting the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may be presenting an agency response to JCAR

  • Rodney-thanks for your letter. I share many of your concerns. I have contacted all of the people on JCAR and have been talking about the proposed changes to parents and encouraging them to call.

    Please keep letting people know what is going on.

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