PAC Newsletter

Volume 3 Issue 3

Parent Advisory Council

To support students with special needs and their families to successfully navigate the support services offered by Knox County Schools and the surrounding community.

New Amendment Addressing Parent Participation in the IEP Process

The Tennessee State Board of Education passed an amendment to the Special Education Programs and Services Parent Participation Rule. This amendment requires that if the schools create a draft of an Individual Education Plan (IEP), the parents will receive a copy at least 48 hours before the IEP meeting. This change will go into effect as of March 12, 2019. Parent input is a critical component of the IEP development process and this will provide parents time to review their student’s present levels and proposed goals prior to the meeting.

Will parents ALWAYS receive an advanced copy of an IEP draft?

Parents will be given the option to receive a copy of the draft IEP as part of the meeting notice.

A copy will be provided unless:

  • Parent indicates in writing that they are declining their right to receive a copy of the IEP draft.
  • The school did not prepare a draft IEP.
  • The meeting is to review evaluation results for an initial evaluation.

A draft IEP is created to provide preliminary information for review and discussion. Communication with your child’s school based team is always encouraged. If you have questions about this change, please talk with your child’s case manager. For more information regarding the amendment to the Parent Participation Rule, you can visit the state website at

Knox County Schools Events

Count Down To Kindergarten

Thursday, March 14th, 5:30-6:30pm

Cedar Bluff Elementary

What to Expect:

Parent Information Event

Join us for information regarding your child's transition into Kindergarten with special education, the transition process, kindergarten expectations and more! Please RSVP by filling out the form below.

* Adults only please, we are unable to provide childcare.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Next Steps Transition Conference Has Something for Everyone!

Thread addressing specific questions for:

  • Youth
  • Parents and Families
  • Professionals
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Community Events

Community Conversation on Family Engagement in Special Education - East TN

Thursday, May 9th, 6:30-8:30pm

611 Winona Street

Knoxville, TN

Join the Family Engagement Project from The Arc Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of Education for a conversation between families and community members on how we can work to improve family engagement in special education.

Save Our Sons (SOS) Positive Engagement with Law Enforcement Workshop

Saturday, March 30th, 10am-2pm

6388 Cement Plant Road

Knoxville, TN

Workshop for boys and young men ages 14-24 will be held. Transportation will be provided by KPD, pick-up at 9:30 am at Phyllis Wheatley YWCA (124 Cruze Street).

Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas and KPD will conduct mock stops and interactive simulations; City of Knoxville Police Advisory Review Committee Executive Director Clarence Vaughn will give a presentation on “Knowing Your Rights “and positive communication with law enforcement; and Knox Co. Attorney General’s Office Assistant District Attorney General TaKisha Fitzgerald will give a keynote address titled “You Determine Your Own Destiny.”

SOS wants to encourage young men and boys of color to be part of the change and open communication they wish to see from law enforcement; the speakers and programs presented during the workshop are designed to encourage them to be active participants in shaping their own future.

Contact Information:

Autism Awareness Book Fair at Barnes and Noble

Saturday, April 6th, 10am-6pm

8029 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN

Join Our Place Art for a free fun-filled event for kids to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. There will be plenty of activities for individuals of all ages, including: arts and crafts, games, story time, door prizes and more!! There will be a special art display by artists with Autism from Our Place Art and Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville. In addition, parents will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from local disability agencies.

Registration is free, but required. Please register yourself and your child/children. They can be within the same registration or separate.