ESC REGION 1 ESC REGION 8 ESC REGION 15 What should I do if I want to be a surrogate EDINBURG, TX MT. PLEASANT, TX SAN ANGELO, TX (956) 984-6000 (903) 572-8551 (325) 658-6571 parent, or if I have additional questions? What is a www.esc1.net www.esc8.net www.netxv.net
For information about becoming or remaining a
Surrogate Parent? surrogate parent, contact the principal at your child’s ESC REGION 2 ESC REGION 9 ESC REGION 16 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX WICHITA FALLS, TX AMARILLO, TX school, the special education director at your local (361) 561-8400 (940) 322-6928 (806) 677-5000 school district, or your education service center. www.esc2.net www.esc9.net www.esc16.net Useful information about special education in general
can be found at the Texas Education Agency website at ESC REGION 3 ESC REGION 10 ESC REGION 17 VICTORIA, TX RICHARDSON, TX LUBBOCK, TX www.tea.state.tx.us or Texas Project FIRST at (361) 573-0731 (972) 348-1700 (806) 792-4000 www.texasprojectfirst.org www.esc3.net www.ednet.10.net www.esc17.net
ESC REGION 4 ESC REGION 11 ESC REGION 18 HOUSTON, TX FT. WORTH, TX MIDLAND, TX (713) 462-7708 (817) 740-3600 (432) 563-2380 www.esc4.net www.esc11.net www.esc18.net ESC REGION 5 ESC REGION 12 ESC REGION 19 BEAUMONT, TX WACO, TX EL PASO, TX (409) 838-5555 (254) 297-1212 (915) 780-1919 www.esc5.net www.esc12.net www.esc19.net
ESC REGION 6 ESC REGION 13 ESC REGION 20 HUNTSVILLE, TX AUSTIN, TX SAN ANTONIO, TX (936) 295-9161 (512) 919-5313 (210) 370-5200 www.esc6.net www.esc13.net www.esc20.net
ESC REGION 7 ESC REGION 14 Statewide Parent Involvement Network KILGORE, TX ABILENE, TX (903) 988-6700 (325) 675-8600 www.esc7.net www.esc14.net
What is a surrogate parent? What are the responsibilities of a surrogate parent? ; Maintain confidentiality to protect the student’s privacy. In Texas, surrogate parents are required to: ; Ask questions concerning anything you do not The individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) understand. requires that state and local school systems involve parents ; Complete a training program as described in ; Be familiar with all aspects of the child to become in decisions regarding their child needs. In cases where the Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Special Education. an effective and informed advocate. child has no parents, none can be located, or the child is a ; Visit the child and the child’s school. ward of the state, a parent surrogate must be appointed to ; Consult with persons envolved in the child’s education. represent the child and Project the child’s rights in matters ; Review the child’s educational records. relating to identification, evaluation, and placement in a ; Attend educational planning and decision making special education program. A surrogate parent must also What specifically, does a surrogate parent meetings. complete required training regarding Special Education need to know? ; Exercise independent judgment in pursuing the child’s laws, rules, procedures, and due process rights pertaining interests. to a child with a disability and be willing to put in the ; Exercise the child’s due process rights. time to adequately represent the best interests of the child. ; Identification of a student with a disability. ; Collection of evaluation and reevaluation data Additional activities for a surrogate parent include: relating to a student with a disability.
; Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Who cannot be a surrogate parent? committee process. ; Learn about the student’s background and
educational history. ; Development of an Individualizad Education ; Know the child’s interests, strengths and weaknesses. Program (IEP) and, for a student who is at least 16 Anyone who is an employee of the state years of age, and Transition services. ; Observe the child at school and in other environments. education agency, the local school district
; Determination of least restrictive environment ; Meet with the child’s teacher(s), principal and other or any agency that is envolved in the
(LRE). professionals working with the child. education or care of the child and anyone
; Implementation of an IEP. ; Keep a record or file of all written information received who has a conflict with the interests of the
from school personnel. ; Procedural rights and safeguards. child cannot serve as a surrogate parent.
; Review school records, particularly the current evaluation, ; Sources that the surrogate parent may contact to
placements, and services. obtain assistance in understanding the laws, rules
and regulations relating to students with disabilities.