Since 2009, CEC has supported federal legislation, which is closely aligned with our Policy on Restraint and Seclusion, and would restrict the use of restraint and seclusion in public schools, except in cases of emergency. Unfortunately, although introduced in the House and Senate for the last 2 Congresses, this legislation has never passed.
But recently, undeterred by the past, Congressman George Miller (D-CA), ranking member of the House Education & Workforce Committee and Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) re-introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, HR 1893. The Keeping All Students Safe Act will provide vital protections for all American children. Read the legislation here.
In 2009, a Government Accountability Office study found that states lacked consistent training policies about the use of restraint and seclusion and often failed to collect data about these techniques use. In March 2012, the Civil Rights Data Collection showed that nearly 40,000 students were physically restrained during the 2009-10 school year. This data also showed that restraint and seclusion are disproportionately used upon students with disabilities and minority students. CEC continues to work for strong federal legislation, in line with our Policy Recommendations, to ensure that all educators have the support they need in the classroom to provide appropriate safe instruction and that all children are protected.
CEC has continued to advocate in both the Senate and House to ensure responsible legislation is enacted. Read about some of our efforts here.
Read the legislation here.
Watch Congressman Miller talk about why he supports this legislation here.