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Homeschool Law

The following is provided for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice.

Home Schooling in Tennessee
Tennessee Department of Education page on homeschooling.

Special Education Laws and Rules

From the Tennessee Department of Education.


"What about special education students whose parents decide to teach them at home? Does the school system have an obligation to provide special education services, such as an M-Team, I.E.P., etc.?"


The state law for the Education of Handicapped Children provides that school systems must screen all children within their boundaries for handicapping conditions. [T.C.A. 49-10-108].

"Under the Education of the Handicapped Act, Part B, Federal funds are provided for services to to handicapped students in public and private schools. Private schools are notified that handicapped students are eligible to participate in programs and projects carried out with Part B funds and may come to the public schools to participate in these services if they qualify. Home school students who are handicapped and qualify should be treated the same as handicapped private school students who qualify for services."

Vision and Hearing: Evaluations and Consultation
"The Tennessee School for the Deaf in Knoxville (TSD) and the Tennessee School for The Blind in Nashville (TSB) are making resources, personnel expertise, and facilities available to assist local school systems in evaluating students with complex or severe hearing and/or vision disabilities. Evaluation and consultation services are available for LEAs that lack appropriate specialists to provide adequate evaluations and/or that require assistance in providing appropriate intervention."

Rights of Children With Disabilities and Parent Responsibilities (PDF)
"As the parent of a child who is suspected to need or identified as needing special education, you have certain rights which are guaranteed by state and federal law. These rights are listed here."

Special Education Forms
SPED forms to download from Tennessee Department of Education.

Relevant Court Rulings and Position Papers

I have no information at this time. Please feel free to contact me if you are aware of information I should include here.

Homeschool Support Groups

Smoky Mountain Home Education Association
"The Smoky Mountain Home Education Association (SMHEA) is a Christian led, non-profit service organization with membership open to all. We seek to promote home education by providing information and vital resources to all area home schoolers. SMHEA serves the families of eighteen counties surrounding Knox County and is one of seven Tennessee regional organizations affiliated with the Tennessee Home Education Association across Tennessee."

Homeschool Resources

Middle Tennessee Home Education Association
"M.T.H.E.A. is a network and ministry to serve home educators by supporting, educating and motivating our members. We help protect the rights of parents to educate their children and promote home education in Tennessee."

Tennessee Homeschooling
A to Z Home's Cool resource page for homeschooling in Tennessee.

Tennessee's Homeschool Information Site
"TnHomeEd is a comprehensive and independent clearinghouse of homeschooling information specifically for Tennesseans."

Getting Started
Tips and resources for getting started with homeschooling.

Legal Issues
Special legal issues facing parents homeschooling children with disabilities.

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