Senate Hearing Showcases Alternatives to Restraints
Bill would restrict educators' use of contested practices
Witnesses at a U.S. Senate hearing last week shared some of the concrete steps they have taken to change the behavior of sometimes violent children—without holding them down, tying them up, or locking them in rooms alone.
The hearing, a first in the Senate, was intended to illuminate alternatives to restraint and seclusion. The techniques, used most often on students with disabilities, have come under fire for the last few years as numerous reports documented deaths or injuries of students following the use of restraints or isolation at school.
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the committee, is the sole sponsor of a bill
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