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Education, the Great Equalizer
By Judge Frank Sullivan
Based upon my own personal experience, it is my firm belief that “education is the great equalizer”. With that in mind and a new school year beginning, it is imperative that we address the educational needs of OUR youth in the child welfare system. In order to help ensure that youth in the foster care system are provided with the same educational services and opportunities as all other youth, Nevada law requires that the court appoint an Educational Decisional Maker (EDM) for all youth in foster care. While it is presumed to be in the best interest of the child for the court to appoint the parent/caregiver as the EDM, the court may appoint someone other than a parent/caregiver if the court finds it’s not in the best interest of the child for the parent/caregiver to serve as the EDM.