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States lack consensus on restraint, seclusion in schools

from Disability Scoop

Despite federal officials weighing in years ago, a new analysis finds rules surrounding restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities continue to vary from state to state. Across the country, 38 states have legislation and 45 have policies on restraining or secluding kids at school, but the approaches are far from consistent, according to findings published in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies. Some states set limitations on the disciplinary practices only for students with disabilities. Four states appear to have no laws or policies on the issue. And, among those that do, just 16 reference an advisory document issued in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Education designed to guide states on restraint and seclusion in schools. more

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