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WCT E-newsletter from October through December 2012.

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October-December 2012 Newsletter October-December 2012 Newsletter Document Transcript

  • QUARTERLY E-NEWSLETTEROctober – December 2012December 2012 The American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees has approved the final diagnosticcriteria for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ("DSM-5"). The final publication will be available in the spring of 2013. A new House Bill (HB 76) introduced would create the "School Choice Act," in Illinois, allowingfor publically funded vouchers to be used for tuition at non-public schools.November 2012 New Public Act 97-0607 creates a new educator licensure system in Illinois. Instead of currentthe specified certificates, all educators, including related service personnel, teachers andadministrators, would transfer over to one of three licenses: 1) Professional Educator License,2) Educator License with Stipulations, or 3) Substitute License. In addition, a new EducatorLicensure Information System ("ELIS") will replace the current Educator Certification System("ECS") maintained by the state board, new standardized college preparation programs andcertification testing will be developed and an educator code of ethics will be created. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Carr v. Koch (2012 IL 113414) that two Illinois tax payersdid not meet the criteria for establishing "standing" to bring a lawsuit against Christopher Koch,Illinois State Superintendent of Education, for establishing an education funding system thatviolated the equal-protection cause.October 2012 New regulations in Illinois now require all teachers to receive passing grades on the computer-based ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency, which has replaced the Basic Skills test, and involvesquestions related to reading comprehension, language arts, mathematics and writing. A new Illinois Public Act (PA-1037) created the Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force, whichis ushered to develop a statewide course for high school students to prevent interpersonal,adolescent violence and is based on the Step Back Think Program. The Task Force will at least20 representatives, including members from a statewide teaching organization, a schoolprincipal, a school board member, a Department of Human Services employee, a lawenforcement official, a domestic violence organization employee, and school business officials. Public Act 97-1102, recently signed by Governor Quinn, established the Enhance PhysicalEducation Task Force, charged with recommending enhanced physical education programs thatcan be integrated with a broader wellness strategy and health curriculum, developing metrics toassess the impact of enhanced physical education, promoting training and professionaldevelopment for teachers, and identifying resources to support enhanced physical education.LEGAL UPDATES
  • This e-newsletter is provided as a courtesy only. For the most up to date and additional information, please visit Whitted Cleary & Takiff’s website at www.wct-law.com.Please also note that the information you obtain from this e-newsletter and our website is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney foradvice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-clientrelationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.Date Title/Topic Organization1/29/13 Individual Education Plan -Be an Active and Informed Partnerin the IEP ProcessWarren Township Youth andFamily Services2/2/13 Special Education Legal Update Illinois Council for Children withBehavior Disorders2/19/13 Special Education, Disciplineand the IEP ProcessLake County Bar AssociationUPCOMING PRESENTATIONS