1. The department shall develop, and the state board of education shall adopt, rules and regulations permitting LEAs or charter schools to form special education cooperatives to provide special education and related services to children with disabilities within the boundaries of LEAs or charter schools participating in such a cooperative.
  2. The rules developed under this section must be promulgated in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5, and must include, at a minimum:

    1. The process for establishing a cooperative;
    2. Terms Used In Tennessee Code 49-10-116

      • Department: means the department of education. See Tennessee Code 49-10-102
      • LEA: means a local education agency. See Tennessee Code 49-10-102
      • Related services: means :

        1. Transportation and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education, including speech-language pathology and audiology services. See Tennessee Code 49-10-102
        2. Special education: means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, home, hospitals, institutions, and other settings, and instruction in physical education. See Tennessee Code 49-10-102
        3. State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
        4. written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

    3. Requirements for approval and monitoring of cooperatives;
    4. Requirements for a written agreement between the parties participating in the cooperative;
    5. Governance of the cooperative;
    6. The manner of financing the cooperative;
    7. Staffing requirements of the cooperative;
    8. Specific procedures for the withdrawal of member LEAs or charter schools from the cooperative; and
    9. Specific procedures for the termination of a cooperative.
  3. A child receiving special education or related services through a special education cooperative remains the responsibility of the LEA in which the child is enrolled, and nothing in this section relieves the LEA from having to comply with the requirements of this chapter.