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Many Florida Schools Use Seclusion Rooms For Students With Disabilities

Editor’s note: We’ve followed up this post answering some questions about the data raised by readers. Florida keeps two sets of seclusion data. State officials say school districts should record incidents of seclusion in both sets of data, but admit that it does not happen. As a result, Florida Department of Education spokeswoman Cheryl Etters […]

The Secret Lives of Students: When School Rules Conflict with Home Rules

Editor’s note: We’re launching a new series for the next month, asking students to tell us what life is like in Florida schools.

The students are part of Breakthrough Miami, which runs programs in the summer and during the school year for students in elementary, middle and high schools.

Why Florida Schools Can Paddle Students Against Parents’ Wishes

State law allows schools in Florida to punish students by spanking them with a paddle, which is often a wooden or plexiglass board. The administrators at most schools with corporal punishment policies ask parents for permission to paddle their children. Many principals say they will not paddle a kid against the parent’s wishes. But schools […]

Lawsuit Challenges Schools’ Ability To Restrain Students

An Ohio state agency is suing Columbus public schools over the use of “seclusion rooms often used to isolate special needs students, according to our colleagues at StateImpact Ohio. Florida also allows schools to seclude and restrain students with disabilities. The state places a few limits on schools: Students can not be choked or their […]

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