ERIC Number: ED459568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Commissioner's Task Force on Speech and Language Services.
Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services.
In 1991, Florida passed legislation requiring a master's degree as the professional standard for certification to provide speech and language services in Florida's public schools. The purpose of this rule was to establish certification consistent with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association standards. However, since that time, the insufficient number of master's-level professionals available to provide services to students with speech and language disabilities in the public schools has been a growing concern. Of particular concern is the shortage of these professionals in Florida's sparsely populated districts. This report contains recommendations from a task force appointed by the Commissioner of Education to address the speech-language service needs of these districts. The task force recommends the adoption of two State Board of Education rules to allow bachelor's-level speech and language personnel to provide services to school districts that qualify for the sparsity supplement under the Florida Education Finance Program, with a limited scope of practice under the direction of a master's-level speech and language pathologist. Appendices include a list of districts eligible for the sparsity supplement for 2000-2001, appointment correspondence and task force membership list, current Florida State Board of Education Rules and Statues, and task force meeting agendas, minutes, and meeting handouts. (CR)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, Degree Requirements, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Language Impairments, Minimum Competencies, Professional Education, Professional Personnel, Qualifications, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, Speech Impairments, Speech Language Pathology, Speech Therapy, Standards, State Regulation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services.
Identifiers - Location: Florida