Ohio’s vision for Community School students with disabilities is that each student receives services from special education teachers and intervention specialists who meet licensure standards consistent with traditional public schools’ special education teachers and intervention specialists.
Ohio Revised Code 3323.11, which was amended by H.B. 119 effective September 2007, clarified and prompted an analysis of special education licensure requirements for community schools. The analysis revealed that while Ohio community school law allows some flexibility in meeting teacher licensure requirements, community school law does not exempt community schools from meeting the special education requirements in ORC 3323.
Though the Community School Special Education Licensure plan will provide a framework to phase-in licensure requirements over four years to provide teachers ample opportunity to meet the requirements without disrupting current programs, community schools are expected to comply with all federal and state laws for the education of students with disabilities, submit a plan for providing special education and related services to students with disabilities, and demonstrate the capacity to provide those services in accordance with Chapter 3323 of the Revised Code and federal law.
Ohio’s Operating Standards for Educational Agencies serving Children with Disabilities requires special education teachers and intervention specialists to be adequately prepared and trained, have content knowledge and skills, and hold appropriate licensure as defined by ORC 3301.24.
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