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Senate Takes Up Controversial "Time-Out Rooms" in Schools

Wisconsin, February 18, 2010
Any parent or teacher of a child with special needs will probably tell you disciplining that child is a challenge. But the big question is: how far is too far?

The Wisconsin Senate Committee on Education heard public testimony Thursday on a bill limiting the use of seclusion and restraint in schools.

The bill introduces Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as a better disciplinary alternative, aiming to cut back on dangerous practices in restraining and secluding students. It also requires school teachers and administrators to document any incidents and report them to parents and the Department of Public Instruction.

Time-out rooms are often without lights or furniture, with a door that locks from the outside.

Currently, there is nothing in Wisconsin law that prohibits teachers from putting unruly students into the room for as long as necessary. Many parents say that needs to change.

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1 comment:

Teen Help said...

Its hard to believe there needs to be a serious incident before lawmakers pass a law against 'time out' rooms like this.