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OCR and ED to Ensure Compliance with Federal Laws for Imposition of Restraint or Seclusion

Thursday, January 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall

Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement of an Initiative to Address the Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion to Protect Children with Disabilities, Ensure Compliance with Federal Laws, Denise Marshall, executive director for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) issued the following statement:

“COPAA is thrilled by today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Education regarding more inquiry and review of schools use of seclusion and restraint. This is a positive step forward to protect the rights of students with disabilities, and students of color, who are much more likely to have restraint or seclusion imposed on them than their peers without disabilities.  Restraint and seclusion are not education strategies, they are the failure of providing a meaningful education. This important action recognizes that imposition of restraint and/or seclusion 
can be unlawful and infringe on student rights and receipt of a Free and Appropriate Public Education.

We also look forward to the reintroduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act which prohibits seclusion and prevents restraint; and, provides grants to states to train and support district and school teams in effective, research-based techniques that promote safety and support students remaining in school.”


For more information on the Keeping All Students Safe Act visit: www.stophurtingkids.com

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