Revamped rules regarding the restraint and seclusion of public school students breezed through the Legislature’s Education Committee by a 12-1 vote Wednesday. The Legislature overhauled the Department of Education’s rules on restraint and seclusion last year after a year-long process during which a stakeholders’ group of parents and educators agreed on what teachers should and [...]

Continue reading about Me. Restraint rules for out-of-control students revised by committee

Four education associations in Maine have asked state government to renew its focus on rule changes regarding the restraint and seclusion of students, claiming new rules have resulted in numerous injuries to teachers already this school year. In one case, an educational technician was scratched, bitten and thrown against a wall, according to a press [...]

Continue reading about ME. Dozens of Maine educators assaulted in wake of changes to restraint rules

Maine School Superintendents Association, said the district has had thousands of dollars in property damage this year, and loss of instructional time for other students. Teachers say their students have become more fearful, because Maine’s rule does not allow them to maintain a safe and effective learning environment by managing out-of-control behaviors. In an elementary [...]

Continue reading about ME. School restraint rule relaxed due to chaos in classrooms

Another Maine school is voicing serious concerns about Maine’s newly enacted restraint policy. Falmouth Board Member  Chris Murry said he  has concerns about Maine’s new restraint regulations and the higher threshold they establish before school staff can restrain or seclude a student in an emergency. He also called the documentation requirements under the state policy [...]

Continue reading about ME. Schools critical of Maine DOE’s newly enacted restraint regulation

Local school district officials in Maine discussed the implications brought about by a new state law that restricts the use of physical restraint and seclusion of students. It was the occasion of the first reading of School Administrative District 72?s policy on the “Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion” at the school board’s meeting on June 20, [...]

Continue reading about ME. Special Education School District Officials State that Maine-DOE’s New Restraint Rule Is a Disaster

An updated –  and stricter – state rule governing the methods school staff may use to physically restrain students who may pose a risk to themselves or others will go into effect July 1. SAD 44’s special education consultant, Marcye Gray, worries that the new restrictions could result in scenarios in which classrooms might routinely [...]

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TTAPR on February 3rd, 2011

Maine State Police say they have broken up a “fight club” at Leavitt Area High School in Turner. A police report says one member of the club created a Facebook page and posted videos of several fights on YouTube. State police say several students and a former student were charged last week in connection with [...]

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TTAPR on September 30th, 2010

Last Tuesday evening at approximately 8:00pm an Islamic 13 year old detonated a bomb near the parking lot of the Islamic Society of Portland, Maine. Why was the DA’s office unaware this had happened? PORTLAND, ME (NEWS CENTER) — Police say there were no injuries or damage caused by a chemical bomb that went off [...]

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ANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Acadia Hospital in Bangor is under investigation by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services after an employee complained about workplace safety. OSHA started it’s investigation on July 26th, the licensing division of the Maine Department of Health and Human services plans [...]

Continue reading about ME. OSHA and Maine HHS Investigate Unsafe Working Conditions at Acadia Hospital