SB 1881

85(R) - 2017
Senate Health & Human Services
Senate Health & Human Services
Health & Human Services

Companion Bill

HB 1556

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Jose Menendez

Bill Caption

Relating to the appointment of foster parents and other qualified persons to serve as educational decision-makers for certain children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

This bill would require a foster parent of a child with a disability to complete a training program not later than the 90th day after the date the foster parent begins acting as the parent for making educational decisions. The bill would prohibit a school district from requiring a foster parent to take a training program if they have already taken an approved training program. The bill also requires the department to appoint a surrogate parent for a child with a disability if the school district cannot locate a parent or the foster parent is unwilling or unable to serve as a parent regarding education decisions; the surrogate parent would not be allowed to be an employee of the department, the Texas Education Agency, or any agency involved in the education or care of the child.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill does not appear to have a connection to our liberty principles, therefore we remain neutral.