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U.S. Department of Education Announces Initiative to Address the Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion

On January 17, 2019, the United States Department of Education announced the launch of a new program designed to curb the inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion on children with disabilities within the nation’s school systems. The program has three components: (1) free appropriate public education compliance reviews for children with disabilities, (2) improved quality of civil rights data collection, and (3) support for schools seeking resources and information on abiding by restraint and seclusion laws. The Office for Civil Rights and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services will be working together to help accomplish the goals of this new program.

To read the full announcement of the program, click here.

Authors: Matthew John Markling, Patrick Vrobel, and John T. Sulik, Jr.

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