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Tenn. Governor Haslam Signs Special Education Voucher Bill

Tennessee on Monday became the nation’s 22nd state to enact legislation allowing public funds to go to private schools as Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a measure aimed at special needs students.

The Individualized Education Act, which easily passed in the Tennessee legislature in April, will provide families of about 18,000 students with severe disabilities the option to forego public schooling for a bank account holding public funds for “education-related expenses,” which can include physical therapy, private schooling, home schooling, textbooks and even college courses after graduation from high school. The measure will take effect in 2016.