Why Do We Need The Salary Supplement For SLPs and Audiologists
Employed In Our Schools?
- There is a serious shortage of qualified professionals employed in our
schools-ALL children deserve quality services-the same as in the classroom.
- 10-20% of all Alabama School Children require our services to be successful
- Research shows that phonemic awareness is the single most important indicator
for reading success.
- SLPs and audiologists employed in the schools are hired as teacher units.
- SLPs and audiologists employed in the schools are paid on the teachers'
- In 2001 the House Ways and Means Committee granted equivalency between
our Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and certification from
the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
- Mississippi awards $6000 and has drastically reduced its shortage of these
professionals in its schools.
- This is the 4th year we are introducing legislation.
- Our numbers can be added to the teachers and make Alabama look even better.
(We have 311.)
- We pay $200 in yearly dues to maintain our national certification.
- We bring thousands of dollars monthly into our schools through Medicaid
reimbursement of services. Share the wealth with those who earned it in
the first place!
- The salary supplement was initially instated for recruitment and retention
of qualified teachers. We need it for the same reasons.
- This is NOT "icing on the cake", -- it is for BASIC services required
by law, 94-142 passed by the Federal Government in 1975.
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