At private schools: Some private schools do provide services for special needs students, and we provide info on those schools’ profile pages where they have provided it to us. And, because of legislation passed in 2016, parents of some special needs children can apply for a new state program that allows you to use the state’s public education funding for your child (about $6,000 in most places) to help pay for private services. The catch? You give up your right to a spot in a public school. All the details (and there are a lot) can be found on the state’s Individualized Education Account page.
At public schools: All students in public schools (including charter schools) in Tennessee who qualify for special education services have certain rights by law. While special education law is lengthy and complex, there are three main things guaranteed to all special education students: