21 May '11, 7pm

From Care 2: US Dept of Education Will Issue Guidelines About Restraints & Seclusion in Schools

From Care 2: US Dept of Education Will Issue Guidelines About Restraints & Seclusion in Schools

On Thursday, Alexa Posny, the US Department of Education's top special education official, said that, by next fall, her office will issue guidelines to school districts about the use of restraints, seclusion and other aversive procedures in US public schools. Currently, regulation of the use of such procedures has been left to local and state supervision, with troubling and sometimes tragic results. In 2002, 14-year-old Cedric Price of Killeen, Texas, suffocated while his middle school teacher put him in a "therapeutic floor hold" to "keep him from struggling during a disagreement over lunch." In 2001, Paige Gaydos, who is autistic, was put into a face-down prone restraint by a teacher in Cupertino, California. Her parents sued the Cupertino School District and were awarded $700,000 by a federal jury; they settled for $260,000, to avoid an appeal. Meanwhile, a bill to prot...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/education/blog/us-dept-of-edu...

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