- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A new state program expected to overhaul how severely disabled children are educated in Tennessee won’t be ready for enrollment until January 2017.

The Individualized Education Act, approved by state legislators in April, will turn over roughly $6,600 in education funds to parents to help their children.

Multiple media outlets report that the program’s director Rebecca Wright told the Education Committee last week that the program won’t be ready to accept applications until August 2016 and, because of a lengthy rule-making process, the program can’t actually enroll students and begin distributing funds until Jan. 1, 2017.

Supporters have hailed the program as empowering parents whose children don’t do well in special education programs at public school. Critics say it hands money over to parents with few safeguards.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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