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334Restraints & Seclusion Update from AUCD

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  • Alpy2@aol.com
    Aug 5 1:20 PM
      From the August 3, 2009 edition of the AUCD Legislative News in Brief:

      Restraints and Seclusion

      Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Friday sent a letter to state Chief School Officers to strongly encourage each state to review and, if necessary, revise its current policies and guidelines regarding the use of restraints and seclusion in schools to ensure every student is safe and protected.  The letter further encourages states to use Recovery Act funds to implement a school-wide system of PBIS.  It states that Districts could, consistent with program requirements, use funds provided for the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and State and local funds to provide professional development, develop data systems, and offer coaching to establish and sustain these programs.  The letter directs state officers to the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports web site (http://www.pbis.org/) for additional information on PBIS.   Duncan encourages Districts to revise these policies prior to the start of the 2009-2010 school year.  The letter is posted in full on the AUCD public policy website.  House Education and Labor Committee staff have also indicated that they will begin drafting legislation over the August recess to address the urgent problem of improper uses of restraints and seclusion.


      Sandy, Illinois (alpy2@...)
      Volunteer Co-Webmaster, Our Children Left Behind (http://www.ourchildrenleftbehind.com) (IDEA & NCLB reauthorization)
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