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Tennessee Leading School Choice Movement for Special Needs Students

June 11, 2015View for printing

Gov. Bill Haslam ceremonially signed the Individualized Education Act on Wednesday in Nashville, allowing the families of children with special needs additional educational options.

The bill was privately signed into law last month, making Tennessee the 23rd school choice state, and only the fourth state to have an education savings account (ESA) program for families of those with special needs.

ESA is a program that grants parents more flexibility to customize their child's learning experience by offering them more than $6,000 a year in Tennessee to pay for tutoring, therapy or alternative education.

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