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GAO Today: Education Should Take Immediate Action on Inaccuracies in Federal Restraint and Seclusion

Tuesday, June 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Anderson

Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a special report that includes several key  findings including that data the Department of Education (Education) uses in its enforcement of civil rights laws does not accurately or completely reflect all incidents of restraint and seclusion of public school students. The report also recommends that Education (1) immediately remind and clarify for school districts when to report zeros for incidents of restraint and seclusion and when to leave cells blank, (2) follow up with districts reporting zero incidents in the 2017-18 collection, (3) ensure plans for providing data in the future are submitted and complete, and (4) prominently disclose the potential problems with the previous CRDC restraint and seclusion data . Education agreed with the first three recommendations and disagreed with the fourth.

 

Read the GAO report.


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