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NEA Backs New Bills to Create Federal School Safety Guidelines

Washington DC, December 9, 2009
The National Education Association applauds lawmakers for introducing legislation that would create federal standards around restraint and seclusion in schools. Bills introduced today in both the House and Senate would set minimum safety standards in schools, ban mechanical restraints, limit physical restraints and seclusion to situations involving imminent danger, require parental notification of such situations and mandate professional training for staff.

“Safe school environments have always been a priority for the NEA,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of NEA. “NEA has been advocating for federal guidelines around this issue. We worked with a coalition of disability groups and other education organizations to provide input on the current House and Senate bills. We must work together to ensure the safety of all students and educators and create supports that provide proper training for school staff.”

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