Maintain current school social work specialized curriculum. Oppose SB 2071

Maintain current school social work specialized curriculum. Oppose SB 2071

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Giesela Grumbach started this petition to Illinois Senator Kimberly Lightford and

We are sending this letter to express opposition to SB 2071. We support the concept of educational equity for all the children of Illinois. Only by having highly trained, educated, and knowledgeable professionals addressing the academic and socio-emotional needs of children in schools can we begin to approach the idea of educational equity throughout the state. 

School social work is a specialized profession within the broader field of social work practice. For school social work, the training is critical to working with vulnerable students to ensure academic success. 

The school social work curriculum prepares school social workers to:

● Manage and coordinate school-specific services around child development, diagnostic, and clinical assessment, social emotional learning, multi-tiered levels of support and crisis intervention

● Advocate and act in a knowledgeable way in light of special education laws and practices (individual education plans, behavior intervention plans)

● Implement systems theory and demonstrate the capacity to work and collaborate with principals, all administrators, and teachers through multidisciplinary and  interdisciplinary teamwork 

● Understand the unique needs of children in schools settings, have knowledge of academic, behavioral assessments, and interventions (at all levels) in all settings (urban and rural)

If the intent of SB 2071 is to promote equity and create a more diverse workforce to address the changing demographic shift in Illinois, this bill does the exact opposite, pushing us further away from increasing diversity since there are significant barriers particularly for people of color to obtaining LCSW licensure.

A major barrier to entering schools has been removed with the elimination of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) exam, therefore, allowing a greater opportunity for people of color to enter into the profession of school social work. The professional educator license creates more opportunities for people of color to become school social workers. Whereas waiting 2 years to gain clinical licensure presents challenges related to pass rates and true equity. 

Students deserve well qualified and highly trained professionals who are able to work in a specialized setting such as schools. In addition, there should be greater diversity in school settings to meet the needs of all children.

Would you please oppose SB 2071 to help save the profession of school social work in the state of Illinois.

 

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