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COPAA Backs Legislation to Keep Students Safe in School

Wednesday, November 14, 2018   (0 Comments)

Today, in response to the introduction of The Keeping All Students Safe Act in the U.S. Senate and House, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) executive director, Denise Marshall issued the following statement:


“COPAA thanks Senator Murphy and Representative Beyer and congratulates them for their introduction of a premier bill: The Keeping All Students Safe Act. This bill is critically necessary to set forth minimum standards for states to protect children from the dangerous imposition of seclusion and restraint and to prevent future abuse in schools. Unfortunately, school-level data make clear how vulnerable Black students, boys and students with disabilities are to the use of aversive practices which inflict physical harm and traumatize children. If enacted, this bill would finally end this abuse. COPAA asks every member of Congress to act upon this opportunity to help states meet their requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act to develop plans to reduce the use of aversive practices and to provide training to personnel in de-escalation techniques, conflict management, and evidence-based positive behavioral interventions and supports. This bill is one of the cornerstones to assuring that all students are safe in school.


To learn more about the bill and seclusion and restraint visit www.stophurtingkids.com

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