Public Input Sought for Individual Education Account Program

Public Input Sought for Individual Education Account Program
Posted on 03/07/2016

Public input is being solicited for the Individual Education Act, adopted by the General Assembly in 2015 (Public Chapter 431), which creates the Individualized Education Account Program and related accounts (IEAs) for eligible students with disabilities to use for educational purposes. The program provides options for parents and students to choose the education opportunities that best meet their own unique needs through access to public education funds.

 

 

 

Rules for the Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program

On Jan. 29th, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved on final read the proposed rules for the IEA Program. The rules will now move into the next stage of the rulemaking process and are expected to become effective this summer.

 

Call for Public Comments

State law authorizes the department to develop procedures and other forms and documents in order to administer the IEA Program. The department has drafted the following documents and is releasing them for public review:

 

     IEA Program Procedures

     IEA Parent Handbook

     IEA Provider Handbook

 

Please Note: These draft documents that are being released for public review are not final drafts and may not include all the information that will be in the final drafts. Highlighted content in the handbooks indicates content that will be added at a later date. For example, the information about how funds will be distributed to the IEA accounts will be added to the handbooks at a later date along with the information about the electronic portal that parents, students, and providers will use to submit all their documentation to the department.

 

Comments should be emailed to IEA.Questions@tn.gov.  Comments should be specific about the content of the procedures/handbooks and must cite the document and page number.

 

All comments must be submitted by March 11, 2016. Comments submitted after this date will not be considered

 

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