Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pledged to have a “real clear plan” in place in every state for handling restraint and seclusion at the start of the school year. Now, halfway through the year, officials say information will be released in the coming weeks.
Last May, a Government Accountability Office report found hundreds of cases of abusive and even deadly incidents of restraint and seclusion in the nation’s schools, most of which involved students with disabilities.
Within days, Duncan told members of the House Education and Labor Committee that safety was a top priority. “I want to make sure that at the start of the next school year that every state has a real clear plan as to how to do this in a way that makes sense and that doesn’t jeopardize, doesn’t endanger children,” he said regarding restraint and seclusion.
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