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    Educational Surrogate Information

     

    An educational surrogate fills the role of a parent for the student with a disability whenever decisions are being made about the student's special education eligibility, placement, and program. Parents of children with disabilities are important members of a decision-making team, who decides the appropriate educational program for the child. Sometimes, for various reasons, there is no one to fill this important role. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states to train and provide educational surrogates, an impartial individual, to fill the role of a parent in these circumstances.


    An educational surrogate may not be an employee of a public agency providing care, custody, or educational services to the specific child in need of educational surrogate representation. Anyone meeting this criteria, who is 18 years old or older, and has no conflict of interest concerning the child's education, may be considered to serve as an educational surrogate.  A criminal record check and child abuse or neglect check are required.


    Training for persons interested in serving as an educational surrogate may be found on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) website. Interested persons may access the DESE site for training information and answers to other questions regarding the educational surrogate program. You may reach the Division of Special Education Compliance by phone at (573) 751-0699 or by clicking HERE