On Wednesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam publicly signed the Individualized Education Account Program into law.
This program allows parents of special needs students to take control of the local and state dollars earmarked for their child. If a parent chooses to opt their child out of the local public school, he or she will receive an education savings account worth about $6500 per year. Parents can then use the funds for private school tuition and other educational uses for that child. The bill was authored by Senator Delores Gresham and Representative Debra Moody.