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Secretary Duncan Announces Plans to Increase Oversight of Seclusion and Restraint in Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2009
At a hearing on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told members of the House Education and Labor Committee that he intends to begin monitoring how states are using seclusion and restraint in public schools. Duncan also said he plans to ensure that all states have clear policies in place on seclusion, restraint and other physical interventions that are used in schools for the coming academic year.

A GAO investigation released yesterday at a committee hearing, and conducted at the request of U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the committee’s chairman, uncovered hundreds of allegations of abusive uses of seclusion and restraint practices on schoolchildren over the past two decades. In at least twenty of those cases, this abuse resulted in the death of a child.

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