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The Public School Family and Child Advocate shall have the power and its duty shall be to perform the following functions:
(a) Act as an advocate for children in the public schools and their families with respect to all educational and related matters.
(b) Advise and inform families as to their rights under federal, state and local law with respect to educational and related matters, including, but not limited to, rights under the federal "No Child Left Behind Act" and rights accruing to children identified as special needs or at risk children, and act as an advocate for children and their families in securing such rights.
(c) Appoint and fix the compensation of such employees as may be required for the proper conduct of the work of the office of the Public School Family and Child Advocate, including, but not limited to, assistant advocates. The number and compensation of such employees shall not be subject to the approval of any other officer.