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  162.999.  Duties of surrogates, qualifications for appointment, evaluation by board, successor surrogates appointed, when — rights of surrogates — immunity from suits, exceptions — reimbursement for expenses — legal assistance and independent evaluations, rules. — 1.  Any person who is appointed to act as a surrogate parent shall:

  (1)  Be at least eighteen years of age;

  (2)  Be free of any interest that may conflict with the interests of the child represented; and

  (3)  Not be an employee of the state board of education or any governmental entity having responsibility for the education or care of the child.

  2.  No person shall be appointed to act as a surrogate parent of a handicapped or severely handicapped child unless he has completed the requisite education and training to be provided by the state board of education.

  3.  The state board of education shall periodically evaluate the performance of persons appointed surrogate parents to ensure that such appointees are providing effective representation.  Such periodic evaluations shall take place as often as is reasonably necessary to protect the interests of the particular child.

  4.  If a person appointed to act as a surrogate parent dies, resigns, or is removed, the state board of education shall, within fifteen days thereof, appoint a successor surrogate parent.

  5.  The person appointed to act as a surrogate parent for a handicapped or severely handicapped child shall represent the child in all decisions relating to the child's education including, but not limited to, the:

  (1)  Identification of the child as one needing special educational services;

  (2)  Evaluation of the child's need for special educational services;

  (3)  Placement within the elementary and secondary educational system or within special programs offered by other state agencies responsible for providing special educational services;

  (4)  Provision of a free appropriate public education for the child; and

  (5)  Legal assistance necessary to protect the best interest of the child.

  6.  The person appointed to act as a surrogate parent shall have the same right to all information and records concerning the child, confidential or otherwise, compiled, prepared or maintained by any political subdivision or state agency as would the child's parents or guardian, provided that such records are necessary to represent the child effectively in decisions relating to the child's education.

  7.  The person appointed to act as a surrogate parent shall be immune from liability for any civil damage arising from any act or omission in representing the child in any decision related to the child's education.  This immunity shall not apply to intentional conduct, wanton and willful conduct or gross negligence.

  8.  The person appointed to act as a surrogate parent shall be reimbursed by the state board of education for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred as a result of his representation of a handicapped or severely handicapped child pursuant to sections 162.997 to 162.999.  Standards for obtaining legal assistance and the provision of independent evaluations shall be established by rules promulgated by the state board of education.  No person reimbursed pursuant to this section shall be deemed an employee of the state board of education.

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(L. 1988 H.B. 1237 §§ 3, 4, A.L. 1992 H.B. 1151)


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