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Governor Pritzker signs two new special education laws on placement and interpretation services | Franzek PC

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Governor Pritzker recently signed two bills to increase accessibility and flexibility in special education. first time, Public law 102-0703 (House Bill 4365), allowing the IEP team to place students in non-ISBE-approved facilities. Public law 102-1072 (House Bill 5214) requires the school district to notify parents of the right to interpret during various special education procedures. Both new laws came into effect immediately.


Public law 102-0703 permits placement in facilities not approved by ISBE if ISBE provides emergency and student-specific placement approval. To receive such approval, the school district must submit a placement request to ISBE. For facilities not approved by ISBE, ISBE must approve the request within 10 days.

  • Indicates that the teacher has the appropriate license to serve the student.
  • Shows an age-appropriate curriculum.
  • Provides registration and attendance data.When
  • Demonstrates a student’s ability to implement an IEP.

To obtain approval, the requesting school district made a sincere effort to place students in an ISBE-approved facility, but the approved facility did not accept the student, or the student placement was immediate. You need to prove that it is available. The new law also allows hearing officers to order the placement of students in facilities not approved by ISBE without urgent approval from ISBE, and such placement is considered approved. School district payments to the facility, whether approved by ISBE or by order of a hearing officer, must be issued at least quarterly, unless otherwise agreed.

After a student has been placed in an ISBE-approved facility in accordance with the above, the student may remain in the facility only if: (1) When the IEP team determines that the placement is appropriate every year. (2) Every three years, the IEP team will review approved placements that are available, can meet student needs, and have accepted students.

Accessibility to translators for parents during school meetings

Public Law 102-1072 extends the previous requirement for interpreter services to be available at IEP team meetings, specializing in interdisciplinary meetings, 504 meetings, and for hearing-impaired or parents who do not normally communicate in English. Includes educational mediation. Specifically, Public Law 102-1072 stipulates that the school district’s requirement to notify parents of Section 504 eligibility is that they are eligible to be interpreters if they are deaf or usually do not communicate in English. I am adding. In addition, for hearing-impaired parents and parents who do not communicate in English, an interpreter should be available during interdisciplinary meetings and mediations.

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