The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) issued a report opposing the Keeping All Students Safe Act (S. 2020, HR 1381) introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congressman George Miller (D-CA). The bill allows the use of physical restraint only when someone is in danger of being harmed, while ensuring that personnel receive proper training, that parents are aware of any restraint or seclusion used with their children, and that the most dangerous types of restraint and seclusion are eliminated. AASA argued that no federal legislation is necessary and school districts should have freedom to make decisions about restraint/seclusion on their own.
The Arc sent a letter to Senator Harkin, who is the Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, reiterating our support for restraint and seclusion legislation. We also signed on to a Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) letter that detailed how children with disabilities, minorities, and other children have been harmed, injured, and killed by this practice. That letter also states our strong support for the Harkin and Miller bills.