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CEC Endorses Seclusion and Restraint Bill

Keeping All Students Safe Act

On Thursday, House and Senate Democrats released the Keeping All Students Safe Act, a bill to ban seclusion and significantly limit restraint, including a ban on restraint practices that restrict children’s breathing, such as prone or supine restraint, in schools receiving federal funding.

The bill is led by Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA).

In a press release announcing the introduction, bill sponsors noted:

"The most current data from the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) reveals that 101,990 students were subjected to seclusion or restraint during the 2017-18 school year. Of the students restrained or secluded, 78 percent were students with disabilities who were disproportionately students who identified as Black/African American and boys."

CEC, which released a Position Statement on Restraint and Seclusion this week. endorsed the legislation.

Learn more about the Keeping All Students Safe Act

Posted:  20 November, 2020

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