Congressional Christmas List: Stop Child Abuse at School

16 12 2009

Congress isn’t always the enemy and bipartisan help for people in need isn’t always a cruel joke:

Across America, children are restrained, confined in seclusion rooms, and subject to aversive interventions. Roughly half of all states have little or no legal protections against restraint and seclusion in school. In several states, efforts to pass laws and adopt regulations have failed.

On December 9, 2009, the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act, HR 4247 was introduced by Congressman George Miller (D-CA) and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). A companion bill was also introduced in the Senate by Senator Chris Dodd and is numbered S 2860.

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate contains a comprehensive overview of the proposed legislation in a new article by Jessica Butler, Esq. You’ll find the provisions of H.R.4247 and will learn about the safeguards in the bill, what is prohibited, how it will impact children with disabilities, and the requirements for compliance and data reporting.

Please don’t hesitate to forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues. . .



3 responses

18 12 2009

This seems related in ethical spirit played out in law:
Florida Supreme Court Limits “Degrading” Shackles for Juveniles

Calling the widespread shackling of juveniles in court “repugnant, degrading [and] humiliating,” the Florida Supreme Court issued a new rule Thursday that forbids the restraint of juvenile offenders unless a judge finds that the youth is likely to be violent.

In a lengthy amendment to the rules that govern Florida’s juvenile-court system, the state’s highest court adopted the recommendations of a national advocacy group, the National Juvenile Defender Center, which argued that the wholesale shackling of juveniles is contrary to the purpose of rehabilitating youths.

19 01 2010
Mrs. C

It’s coming up for a vote soon!!! Could you take a minute and pester your senator as well?

I have written mine, but mine doesn’t even have a “civil rights” button! Arg! I had to think of a creative heading… I chose “education.”

19 01 2010

Y’all listen up to Mrs. C! Please.

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