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Tennessee Individualized Education Account (IEA)ProgramParent HandbookAug. 1, 2020–July 31, 2021Tennessee Department of EducationJanuary 2020If you need accommodations to access IEA materials, si habla español, orplease contact the IEA team at IEA.Questions@tn.gov.,

Tennessee Department of Education, Individualized Education Account ProgramAndrew Johnson Tower, 12th Floor 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN37243 Tel: (615) 253–3781 https://www.tn.gov/education/iea.html 2 January 2020

Table of ContentsChapter 1: Introduction . 7School Options for Students Enrolled in the IEA Program. .7Eligibility Criteria for the IEA Program . 8Term of the IEA . 8Purpose of this Handbook . 8Staying Informed About the IEA Program. 9IEA Program Contact Information . 9The Law, Rules, and Procedures . 9Chapter 2: Parent Rights and Responsibilities . 10Parent & Student Rights Waived in IEA Program . 10Parent and Student Rights Retained in IEA Program . 10Parent Responsibilities . 11Updating Parent and Student Information . 12Secure Email . 14Required Notification if a Student Moves to a New School District . 14Notice of School Transfer . 14IEA Renewal. 15Students Who Turn 18 . 15Late Reports & Non-Submittal of Requested Documents . 16Chapter 3: Student Assessment & Reporting . 17Where do students take the assessments? . 17List of Approved Norm-referenced Tests . 18Can a parent request to use a different norm-referenced test than the options listed above?. 18Assessment Verification . 19Chapter 4: Use of Funds & IEA Debit Card. 21IEA Debit Card . 21Tennessee Department of Education, Individualized Education Account ProgramAndrew Johnson Tower, 12th Floor 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN37243 Tel: (615) 253–3781 https://www.tn.gov/education/iea.html 3 January 2020

When will I receive the IEA debit card? . 22Activating the IEA Debit Card . 22IEA Debit Card Restrictions . 22Refunds . 23When will I receive my IEA payments? . 24Use of IEA Funds . 24IRS Form 1099. 25Misspent Funds . 25Repayment of Misspent Funds . 26Freezing and Closing IEA Accounts . 27Appeals: Request for Reconsideration . 27Chapter 5: Approved Expenses . 29Disallowed Expenses. 32Reselling Items Purchased Using IEA Funds . 33Tuition, Fees, and/or Textbooks Required at a Participating Private School. 33Tuition/Fees for Online Learning Program/Courses for Part-Time Enrollment . 35How to Receive Pre-Approval for Online Learning Programs/Courses. 37Public School Services . 38Tuition, Fees, and/or Required Textbooks at Eligible Postsecondary Institutions . 39Curriculum . 42How to Receive Pre-Approval for Curriculum . 44Reselling Curriculum . 45Transportation . 45Test Fees. 46Computer Hardware and Other Technological Devices . 46How to Receive Pre-Approval for Computer Hardware and Technological Devices . 47IEA Debit Card Fees . 50Tennessee Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Account Contributions. 51Tennessee Department of Education, Individualized Education Account ProgramAndrew Johnson Tower, 12th Floor 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN37243 Tel: (615) 253–3781 https://www.tn.gov/education/iea.html 4 January 2020

530 Coverdell Education Savings Account Contributions . 53Chapter 6: Tutors and Therapy Providers . 55Criminal Background Checks . 57Educational Therapy Services . 58Therapist Licensure . 59How to Receive Pre-Approval for Educational Therapy . 60Tutoring Services . 62Tutoring Subject Areas . 62Tutor Qualifications . 63How to Receive Pre-Approval for Tutoring Services . 65Chapter 7: Expense Reports . 67Receipt Submission . 68Expense Report Schedule (Deadlines) . 68Tuition, Fees, and/or Textbooks Required at a Participating Private School. 69Tuition/Fees for Online Learning Program/Courses . 71Public School Services . 72Tuition, Fees, and/or Required Textbooks at Postsecondary Institutions . 72Educational Therapy Services . 75Tutoring Services . 76Curriculum . 77Computer Hardware and Technological Devices . 79Transportation . 80Test Fees. 81Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Account Contributions . 82Coverdell Education Savings Account Contributions . 83Debit Card Fees for the IEA Account . 84Disallowed Expenses. 85Chapter 8: Exiting the IEA Program . 86Tennessee Department of Education, Individualized Education Account ProgramAndrew Johnson Tower, 12th Floor 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN37243 Tel: (615) 253–3781 https://www.tn.gov/education/iea.html 5 January 2020

Voluntary Withdrawal . 86Enrollment in a Public School After Withdrawal from the IEA Program . 87Non-Renewal . 88Completing the IEA Program . 88Removal from the IEA Program by the TDOE . 89Appeal Process . 89Reasons for IEA Account Termination . 90Chapter 9: Postsecondary Education . 92Student Eligibility and Enrollment . 92Account Holder Responsibilities . 92Tennessee Department of Education, Individualized Education Account ProgramAndrew Johnson Tower, 12th Floor 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN37243 Tel: (615) 253–3781 https://www.tn.gov/education/iea.html 6 January 2020

Chapter 1: IntroductionThe Individualized Education Act, signed into law on May 18, 2015 (T.C.A. § Title 49,Chapter 10, Part 14), created the Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program. The IEAProgram is a school choice program for eligible students with disabilities. The programprovides options for parents of students in grades K–12 to choose the educationopportunities that best meet their own unique needs through access to public educationfunds. Students enrolled in the IEA Program for the first time in January 2017. The IEAProgram is administered by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE).In the remainder of this document, the term “parent” will be defined as: a parent,legal guardian, person who has custody of the child pursuant to an order of a courtof competent jurisdiction, or person with educational decision-making authoritypursuant to a conservatorship under T.C.A. § 34-3-101 et seq., pursuant to a powerof attorney for care of a minor child under T.C.A. § 34-6-301 et seq., or pursuant to adurable power of attorney under T.C.A. § 34-6-101 et seq.In the remainder of this document, the term “account holder” will be defined as:the individual who submits the IEA application, signs the IEA contract, manages theIEA funds, and is responsible for complying with the requirements of the IEAProgram.School Options for Students Enrolled in the IEA ProgramOnce a student enrolls in the IEA Program (Aug. 1), they must enroll in and attend either aprivate school or an independent home school in accordance with Tennessee’s schoolattendance law.1 Students in the IEA Program cannot be enrolled full time in a publicschool. Students can attend any nonpublic school once enrolled in the IEA Program anduse the funds for the approved expenses in chapter 5 below; however, students will beable to use IEA funds to pay for tuition, fees, and/or required textbooks only at privateschools approved to participate in the IEA Program and listed on the IEA participatingschools list for that IEA contract year. The list of participating schools is posted on the IEAwebpage: https://www.tn.gov/education/iea.html. Participating nonpublic schools are not1T.C.A. § 49-6-3005.Tennessee Department of Education, Individualized Education Account ProgramAndrew Johnson Tower, 12th Floor 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN37243 Tel: (615) 253–3781 https://www.tn.gov/education/iea.html 7 January 2020

required to admit students enrolled in the IEA Program, and students must meet allrequirements for admission set by the school. See the Education Options for Students withDisabilities Enrolled in the IEA Program resource posted on the IEA webpage for moreinformation on school options: l.Eligibility Criteria for the IEA ProgramAn eligible student must be a Tennessee resident who meets the following criteria: was previously enrolled in a Tennessee public school the entire year prior to applying forthe IEA program, or is entering kindergarten for the first time, or moved to Tennessee less than one year prior to enrolling in the IEA program and isenrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time.Term of the IEAA student who enrolls in the IEA Program will remain eligible until one of the followingoccurs for the participating student, whichever occurs first: returns to a public school,moves out of Tennessee,graduates from high school (including passing the GED or HiSET), orreaches 22 years of age by Aug. 15 for the next school year (for example, if astudent turns 22 on or before Aug. 15, 2020 they could not enroll in the IEAProgram in Aug. 2019).If any of the above events occur, the account holder must notify the TDOE by emailingIEA.Questions@tn.gov and notify the IEA liaison of the school district in which the studentresides. The list of the school district IEA liaisons (name and email address) is posted onthe IEA webpage: http://www.tn.gov/education/iea.Purpose of this HandbookThe IEA Parent Handbook is designed to provide information for parents and studentsabout the IEA Program. The TDOE is committed to providing parents and students clearand comprehensive information about the program in a timely manner. This handbook,along with additional information and answers to frequently asked questions about theIEA Program, is posted on the TDOE’s IEA webpage athttps://www.tn.gov/education/iea.html.An updated IEA Parent Handbook will be released every school year. If you havesuggestions for additional content to be added to next year’s handbook, please reach outto IEA.Questions@tn.gov.Tennessee Department of Education, Individualized Education Account ProgramAndrew Johnson Tower, 12th Floor 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN37243 Tel: (615) 253–3781 https://www.tn.gov/education/iea.html 8 January 2020

Staying Informed About the IEA ProgramInformation about the IEA Program, including parent resources and training sessions forparents, is available on the TDOE’s IEA webpage: https://www.tn.gov/education/iea.html.The TDOE will continuously provide updated information on the website, so please checkthe website regularly for news and information about the IEA Program.The IEA team will host training sessions for IEA account holders (parents of studentsenrolled in the IEA Program). Information about the dates, times, locations, and how toregister for the trainings will be posted on the TDOE’s IEA webpage and announcedthrough the IEA Account Holder Update. If you are unable to attend a training, the trainingPowerPoint presentation and a recording of the training webinar will be posted on the IEAwebpage.IEA Program Contact InformationIf you have any questions or need additional information about the IEA Program, pleasecontact the IEA team at: (615) 253-3781or IEA.Questions@tn.gov. While we try to respondto calls and emails as quickly as possible, it may take us up to 10 business days torespond. We will get back to you within that time frame. Calling/emailing multiple timesand/or multiple individuals will not increase the speed at which we are able to return yourcall/email.If you need accommodations to access IEA materials, si habla español, orplease contact the IEA team at IEA.Questions@tn.gov.,The Law, Rules, and ProceduresThe law (T.C.A. § Title 49, Chapter 10, Part 14) was passed by the Tennessee GeneralAssembly during the 2015 legislative session and provides for the awarding ofindividualized education accounts (IEAs). The State Board of Education (SBE) has approvedrules for the program (rules of the SBE Chapter 0520-01-11) and the TDOE has developedimplementation procedures for the program. Links to the IEA Program law, rules, andprocedures are posted on the TDOE website: rules-and-procedures.html.Tennessee Department of Education, Individualized Education Account ProgramAndrew Johnson Tower, 12th Floor 710 Ja

school. Students can attend any nonpublic school once enrolled in the IEA Program and use the funds for the approved expenses in chapter 5 below; however, students will be able to use IEA funds to pay for tuition, fees, and/or required textbooks only at private schools approved to participate in the IEA Program and listed on the IEA participating

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