Lee signs order moving disability services for young children out of Education Department

Gov. Bill Lee welcomes delegates to a summit on economically distressed counties in Linden on Aug. 13, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee has signed an executive order to move development services for young children with disabilities out of the state Education Department. They will now be housed within the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Here’s the release from the Lee administration:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order transferring the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) from the Tennessee Department of Education to the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to better align services for children with disabilities.

TEIS is a voluntary educational program for infants and toddlers with disabilities that supports families through child development resources. The program encourages optimal development through community and family activities.

“This program is vital to the growth and development of children with disabilities,” said Gov. Lee. “We look forward to better serving TEIS families and ensuring Tennessee is a place where people of all abilities thrive.”

Since taking office in January, this is the 10th executive order signed by Gov. Lee.

4 Responses to Lee signs order moving disability services for young children out of Education Department

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Give them vouchers so they can get the care they need

  • Shelly G says:

    It’s strange he doesn’t feel obliged to explain what he views as the benefit to doing this. Lee’s focus on defunding public schools and supporting private ownership of schools makes me wonder what the consequences (and for whom) vs benefits (and for whom) are of this move.

    • James White says:

      Get the Federal and State government out of the Marxist Communist involvement of education.
      Communist Manifesto plank #10:

      10. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.

      People are being taxed to support what we call ‘public’ schools, which train the young to work for the communal debt system. We also call it the Department of Education, the NEA and Outcome Based “Education” .

  • Tayron Sanders says:

    Thank you! For standing for those that can’t stand for themselves
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