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Oregon Orders School to Remove Seclusion Rooms

PhotoAtelier / Flickr The Oregon state legislature banned certain kinds of seclusion rooms earlier this year. Now the state’s Board of Education has ordered a Portland public school to remove four seclusion rooms, Northwest Public Radio reports.

Reuters: Charter Schools Screen Out the Students They Don’t Want

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_Bunn_ / Flickr Charter schools use a range of practices to ensure only the “right” kind of students get in, Reuters reports. Those practices can include mandatory family interviews, long application processes and demands for Social Security cards and birth certificates. And they sometimes put charter schools in violation of state and federal law, Reuters reports. In Ohio, federal [...]

One in 25 Columbus School District Students with Disabilities Restrained or Secluded

A state review of records from Columbus, Ohio’s largest school district, has found that one in 25 students was restrained or secluded in one year, the Columbus Dispatch reports: The new information about how often, where and why Columbus staff members have used physical means to try to control children with disabilities offers insight into [...]

Ohio Moves to Regulate Seclusion, Restraint in Some Schools

Morgan Linnabary of Defiance says he was placed in a seclusion room dozens of times.

Morgan Linnabary was eight years old when he was sent to a special school for children with behavior problems. At the new school, when he mouthed off to teachers or got upset, he was sent from his classroom to the isolation room: a plywood box inside a separate room down the hall. It happened dozens [...]

Ohio State Board of Education Vote on Seclusion, Restraint Policy Delayed

Gary Knight / Flickr With more than 100 parents, educators and other commenters weighing in on the Ohio state Board of Education’s plan to regulate the use of seclusion rooms and restraint in Ohio schools, the state board has postponed scheduled votes on the proposed regulations. Seclusion rooms are enclosed spaces that are supposed to [...]

Ohio Department of Education to Investigate Seclusion Rooms in Columbus Schools

The Ohio Department of Education will open an investigation the Columbus school district’s use of seclusion rooms, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Seclusion rooms are enclosed spaces that are supposed to be used to calm or restrain children who become violent. The investigation was prompted by a formal complaint filed against Ohio’s largest school district by [...]

Ohio School Leaders Say State Should Not Regulate Use of Seclusion, Restraint

The state of Ohio should not regulate the use of seclusion and restraint in schools, dozens of school superintendents told the Ohio Department of Education. They say the requirements of current draft regulations are too expensive and unnecessary. In Ohio, no state law currently governs seclusion rooms, and the Ohio Department of Education has provided [...]

Read Some of the Comments on Ohio’s Draft Seclusion and Restraint Policy

The Ohio Department of Education received more than 100 comments, letters and suggestions on how to improve a draft policy on seclusion and restraint in schools. Those suggestions ranged from recommending that Ohio prohibit the use of seclusion rooms entirely to requesting that Ohio not regulate the use of seclusion and restraint in schools at [...]

Advocacy Group: Children May Be Hurt By Inaction On Seclusion Rooms

Michael Sawyers is Ohio's acting superintendent of public instruction.

A disability rights group now says Ohio children may be hurt if the Department of Education fails to stop the use of seclusion in schools.

In a letter to the acting head of the Ohio Department of Education, Michael Sawyers, Disability Rights Ohio writes, “we are concerned that unless appropriate action is taken, students with disabilities will continue to be subjected to traumatic, potentially lethal practices.”

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