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Update but Not Much Progress at State Level

Missouri law states that DESE must develop a model policy regarding "comprehensively addresses the use of restrictive behavioral interventions as a form of discipline or behavior management technique." School districts must adopt a written policy as well, but they are not mandated to follow the guidelines set forth by DESE.

Last week, upon request, I was told that at this time there are no additional meetings scheduled regarding the DESE model policy in Missouri. It appears that the policy is still in the "formulation stage" with research being done on policies in other states. I hope that there is also research being done regarding the ineffectiveness of model policies (Kansas and Michigan for example) and also on the movement of the federal legislation recently passed through Committee.

It is "anticipated" that the first draft of the Missouri model policy will be put in writing sometime during the month of February. Please get your comments in soon. Local school boards are not mandated to adopt or follow this model policy. Please advocate at the local school board level as well.

Personal minutes: http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AcxWbMnTyx1iZGc1ZDh2ZGdfNHRtajlia2du&hl=en

Official minutes: http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AcxWbMnTyx1iZGc1ZDh2ZGdfNWh0bXo5emY5&hl=en

Ways to comment: MPACT and DESE (webreplyseclusionrestraint@dese.mo.gov).

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