Restraint & Seclusion Bill Markup - live webcast Feb 4, 11 AM ET
- The House Committee on Education and Labor will mark up the Congressional restraint/seclusion bill this Thursday, February 4. The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (H.R. 4247) is the first national effort to address abuse of children in schools and ensure the safety of everyone involved – both students and school staff. It would establish minimum safety standards in schools and increase transparency and oversight.
Last Spring, the Government Accountability Office reported on hundreds of situations in which children were abused through restraint and seclusion in public and private schools across America. There are 23 states which provide either little or no meaningful protection from restraint or seclusion by statute or regulation, see http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/restraint.regs.tablea.pdf. There are no federal laws on restraint and seclusion that protect school children, even though those same children would be protected if they were in a hospital or other facility that receives federal health care funding.
During mark-up, the Congressional Committee will consider the bill and any proposed changes, and vote on a bill to send to the House Floor.
Event: Full Committee Mark-Up of H.R. 4247, The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act
When: Thursday, February 4, 2009 11:00 a.m. ET
Where: House Education and Labor Committee Hearing Room, 2175 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Webcast: The mark-up will be webcast live from the Education and Labor Committee website. You can access the webcast when the hearing begins at 11:00 am Eastern here:
More information about the dangers of restraint and seclusion can be found in the GAO's Report, http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-719T
You can read HR4247 and track it as it moves through Congress through http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-4247
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