Education: Members of Congress Urge Education Department to Issue Guidance Banning Seclusion and Certain Restraints

On January 15, twelve members of Congress sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy Devos urging the Department of Education to update its 2016 guidance document on restraint and seclusion. Currently, the federal guidance discourages the use of restraint or seclusion except where a child’s behavior poses imminent danger of serious physical harm to self or others. The lawmakers urge the Department of Education¬†to update the document to prohibit seclusion and restraints that restrict breathing and are life-threatening. Additionally, they ask that the guidance promote the use of evidence-based alternatives that reduce use of physical restraint.

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