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COPAA Supports Illinois Initiative to Stop Secluding and Restraining Students

Thursday, November 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to this week’s announcement by the Illinois State Board of Education that it will take emergency action to end the use of trauma inducing practices such as isolated seclusion, will immediately begin investigating known cases of isolated seclusion to take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action, and will also improve data collection on instances of time-out and physical restraint in Illinois schools, Denise Marshall, executive director for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) issued the following statement: 
“Every child is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect and no child with a disability should be subjected to abusive treatment under the guise of providing educational services. We are therefore pleased to see that Governor Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education have announced sweeping statewide reforms that intend to end the use of abusive practices that we know disproportionately impact students with disabilities. COPAA supports the State’s plan to prohibit seclusion and allow physical restraint under very limited circumstances. In order for the policy to work, we encourage the State to follow through and provide school teams with research-based training and other resources to assure they can work together so that all children are safe and protected.”

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