Bill Text: IL HB0826 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed


Bill Title: Amends the School Code. Provides that it is the power of a school board to hire school social workers. Sets forth qualifications to use the title of "school social worker". Provides that school districts may employ a sufficient number of school social workers to address the needs of their students and schools and may maintain the nationally recommended student-to-school social worker ration of 250 to 1. Prohibits school social workers from providing services outside their employment to any student in the district or districts that employ the school social worker. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-04-25 - Assigned to Education [HB0826 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB0826-Engrossed.html



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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
514-1.09a and by adding Sections 10-20.60 and 34-18.53 as
6follows:
7 (105 ILCS 5/10-20.60 new)
8 Sec. 10-20.60. School social worker. A school board may
9employ school social workers who have graduated with a master's
10or higher degree in social work from an accredited graduate
11school of social work and have such additional qualifications
12as may be required by the State Board of Education and who hold
13a Professional Educator License with a school support personnel
14endorsement for school social work pursuant to Section 21B-25
15of this Code. Only persons so licensed and endorsed may use the
16title "school social worker". A school social worker may
17provide individual and group services to the general student
18population and to students with disabilities pursuant to
19Article 14 of this Code and rules set forth in 23 Ill. Adm.
20Code 226, Special Education, adopted by the State Board of
21Education and may provide support and consultation to
22administrators, teachers, and other school personnel
23consistent with their professional qualifications and the

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1provisions of this Code and other applicable laws. School
2districts may employ a sufficient number of school social
3workers to address the needs of their students and schools and
4may maintain the nationally recommended student-to-school
5social worker ratio of 250 to 1. A school social worker may not
6provide such services outside his or her employment to any
7student in the district or districts that employ the school
8social worker.
9 (105 ILCS 5/14-1.09a) (from Ch. 122, par. 14-1.09a)
10 Sec. 14-1.09a. School social worker. "School Social
11Worker" means a social worker who has graduated with a master's
12or higher degree in social work from an accredited graduate
13school of social work and who has such additional
14qualifications as may be required by the State Board of
15Education and who holds a Professional Educator License with a
16school support personnel endorsement for school social work
17pursuant to Section 21B-25 School Service Personnel
18Certificate endorsed for school social work issued pursuant to
19Section 21-25 of this Code. Only persons Persons so licensed
20and endorsed certified may use the title "school social
21worker". A social worker and may offer school social work
22services as provided in this Code and other applicable laws and
23as which are limited to those services set forth in 23 Ill.
24Adm. Code 226, Special Education, pertaining to children
25between the ages of 3 to 21, promulgated by the State Board of

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1Education, governing the provision of special education and
2related services to children with disabilities and
3requirements for the treatment of children with disabilities
4between the ages of 3 and 21. School social workers may make
5evaluations, recommendations or interventions regarding the
6placement of children in educational programs or special
7education classes. However, a school social worker shall not
8provide such services outside his or her employment to any
9student in the district or districts which employ such school
10social worker.
11(Source: P.A. 86-303.)
12 (105 ILCS 5/34-18.53 new)
13 Sec. 34-18.53. School social worker. The board may employ
14school social workers who have graduated with a master's or
15higher degree in social work from an accredited graduate school
16of social work and have such additional qualifications as may
17be required by the State Board of Education and who hold a
18Professional Educator License with a school support personnel
19endorsement for school social work pursuant to Section 21B-25
20of this Code. Only persons so licensed and endorsed may use the
21title "school social worker". A school social worker may
22provide individual and group services to the general student
23population and to students with disabilities pursuant to
24Article 14 of this Code and rules set forth in 23 Ill. Adm.
25Code 226, Special Education, adopted by the State Board of

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1Education and may provide support and consultation to
2administrators, teachers, and other school personnel
3consistent with their professional qualifications and the
4provisions of this Code and other applicable laws. The school
5district may employ a sufficient number of school social
6workers to address the needs of their students and schools and
7may maintain the nationally recommended student-to-school
8social worker ratio of 250 to 1. A school social worker may not
9provide such services outside his or her employment to any
10student in the district or districts that employ the school
11social worker.
12 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
13becoming law.
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