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House passes protections for special ed students Guidelines restricting seclusion and restraint would become law

Feb 21, 2012 -- 4:37 pm
From the Topeka Capitol Journal: The House gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would write into law the state board of education’s guidelines for use of seclusion and restraint of special education students.

The 68-44 vote was a victory for disability rights advocates who gathered at the Statehouse Tuesday, spurred by stories of students with developmental disabilities across the state being pinned to the ground or locked in closets.

Rocky Nichols of the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, said the bill would force school districts to follow state board guidelines that prohibit the use of seclusion or restraint as punishment.
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