SCH CD-SP ED-SURROGATE PARENT
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code.
Provides that the provision requiring the assignment of a surrogate
parent for educational matters does not apply to a child who resides
with a foster parent. Requires a surrogate parent (who is an employee
of a nonpublic agency that provides only non-educational care) to be
assigned for educational matters if the child is a ward of the State
residing in a residential facility. Effective immediately.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
For a child who is a ward of the State residing in a residential
facility, allows (instead of requires) the surrogate parent to be an
employee of a nonpublic agency that provides only non-educational
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Removes language that provides that the provision requiring the
assignment of a surrogate parent for educational matters does not
apply to a child who resides with a foster parent. Provides instead
that the term "parent" includes a foster parent in that Section.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2. (Tabled April 5, 2000)
Adds reference to:
105 ILCS 5/21-28 new
Further amends the School Code. Requires special education
teachers to be categorically certified, so that in order to teach
students with a specific disability, a special education teacher must
be certified for that specific disability category. Prohibits the
State Board of Education from requiring any other type of
certification relating to more than one disability category.
FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 1, 2 (State Board of Education)
There will be little if any fiscal impact to implement this
legislation. However, if the teacher certification process
mandated by the bill does not comply with the federal IDEA
and the Corey H. court settlement agreement, there could be
fines and sanctions against the State. It is difficult to
quantify this possibility or the financial magnitude of such
fines and sanctions.
STATE MANDATES NOTE, H-AM 1, 2 (State Board of Education)
Same as SBE fiscal note.
FISCAL NOTE, AMENDED (Dept. of Children and Family Services)
The legislation, as amended, does not cause costs for the De-
partment beyond those of the surrogate parent training now
being offered to foster parents. No additional costs to the
Department are anticipated, nor does the Department anticipate
additional costs to foster parents or residential facilities
as the result of the legislation.
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 91-0784
Last action date: 00-06-09
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 1
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