Individualized Education Account Program
The Individualized Education Act, adopted by the General Assembly in 2015 (Public Chapter 431), 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.
For more detailed information about the program, please review the IEA Frequently Asked Questions, which will be updated periodically with additional questions and answers.
The first IEAs will be awarded in January 2017 after the development and adoption of implementation rules, policies, and procedures.
For information about educational services and programs for students with special education needs, please visit the department’s Special Education webpage.
If you have questions about the IEA program, please contact IEA.Questions@tn.gov
Rules for the Individualized Education Account Program
On May 27, the State Board of Education approved on final reading revisions recommended by the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office to clarify the rules for the IEA Program. The permanent rules will become effective Dec. 1, 2016. On Oct. 14, the board approved emergency rules for the IEA Program, effective upon approval. The emergency rules are identical to the IEA rules the board approved on final reading at the May 2016 meeting. The proposed rules are posted on the state board’s website.
For additional support in reviewing all aspects of your Individualized Education Account Program options, contact the parent center in your region or local advocacy organization.