Can you imagine we need Federal legislation to keep children with disabilities safe in our public schools. That is almost unimaginable.
What is even more unimaginable is that the children need to be kept safe from their teachers and other school personnel. Wow – sad but true.
Last year in Florida there were over 10,000 incidents of restraint in our public schools. Nearly 5,000 were on students with disabilities in pre-K to 3rd grade.
If the states will not protect the most vulnerable children in our schools then I guess it is time for the Feds to step in and protect them.
The Keeping All Students Safe Act was introduced in the Senate by Chairman Tom Harkin this afternoon. Chairman Harkin has shown an unwavering commitment to the safety and welfare of our nation’s children. This bill would promote the development of effective intervention and prevention practices that do not impose restraints and seclusion; protect all students from physical or mental abuse, aversive behavioral interventions that compromise health and safety, and any restraint imposed for purposes of coercion, discipline or convenience, or as a substitute for appropriate educational or positive behavioral interventions and supports. Importantly the bill also works to ensure the safety of all students and school personnel and promote positive school culture and climate.
For more information on the Keeping All Students Safe Act.
Keep squeaking those wheels. School is not supposed to hurt.