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Supporters of Bill Say School Restraint Methods Need Regulation

Wisconsin, February 18, 2010
In her yellow T-shirt, Daari Pawelski was one of a dozen or so Racine residents who traveled to Madison Thursday to pack a Capitol hearing room.

They were in Madison to support a bill that would regulate the way schools handle children. A proposed bill focuses on reducing the use of intervention methods like seclusion and restraint in schools.

Some of them have children with special needs. Some of them work with families who have children with disabilities.

The bill has divided educators, disability rights advocates and parents over the way the state should deal with the improper use of certain methods.

"I think we're really outdated here," said Pawelski, a registered nurse who is a member of a Racine support group. "I don't believe in restraints. There are other ways."

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