House Education and Labor Chairman Miller’s Statement on Inconsistent State Policies on Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–February 24, 2010.  U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Education released information collected from states over the past six months on the state laws, regulations, policies and guidelines in place on preventing abusive restraint and seclusion in schools.

The information released via the Department of Education shows inconsistent state and local policies, which could lead to further abuses.  

“The report shows us that while some states have made progress, overall state policies still vary wildly. A divergent patchwork of state and local rules is not adequate when it comes to protecting our kids from abusive uses of restraint and seclusion. It is clear we need to pass H.R. 4247 to ensure every child, in every state, is safe and protected while at school.”

Miller is the co-author of the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools, bipartisan legislation that passed the Education and Labor Committee last month. The bill would, for the first time, establish minimum federal safety standards to protect children and staff in schools. Learn more about the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools bill.