Oregon high schools’ on-time graduation rate remains mired at 68 percent for the class of 2012, the same as the year before, when Oregon ranked fourth worst in the nation. Oregon schools chief Rob Saxton said he was disappointed by the stubbornly low rate, and then, like most spineless state administrators failed to accept any [...]

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Kentucky Superintendents, Kentucky School Board Association (KSBA) and Kentucky School Districts are highly critical of Kentucky’s proposed restraint and seclusion regulation that still has to pass the legislative review committee. In the words of the KSBA (whose 170-district membership opposed Kentucky’s DOE’s proposed rule): “The primary goal of all local public schools and districts across [...]

Continue reading about KY. Schools critical of DOE’s proposed restraint and seclusion regulation are asking the Kentucky General Assembly to find the regulation deficient

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 [...]

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DC spends nearly $30,000 per pupil and only 59% of the high school students graduate on time.  This spending figure is about triple what the DC voucher program spends per pupil—and the voucher students have a much higher graduation rate and perform as well or better academically. These figures can only lead to two possible [...]

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The department of education recently put out a Summary of Seclusion and Restraint Statutes, Regulations, Policies and guidance by State and Territory. As we receive tips and go through and double check the summary and information in this report, we will update this post.  Report errors: 1. Ohio.  The DOE erroneously reports that Ohio has banned [...]

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Disabled students are being handed over to police for behavioral infractions — and handcuffs are just the beginning. Well, what we predicted would happen if the discipline, consequence and restraint free movement succeeded in stripping schools and teachers of their ability to maintain an educational environment is unfortunately coming to fruition.  As school budgets are cut, and [...]

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TTAPR on November 14th, 2011

This fight was more savage than anything Brooklyn Harper had ever seen at Westlake High School. Two years ago Georgia Department of Education reduced the ability of teachers to maintain a safe environment. According to this article the total number of serious offenses rose in metro school district in direct correlation to DOE’s policy change. [...]

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In response to a Huffington Post Article entitled “DOE to set guidelines on student restraint, seculusion” the following comments were sent in: Comment 1: “Prone restraints aren’t used to calm kids down. They’re used when the kid poses and IMMINENT danger to themselves or others and it is the only way to keep them safe. [...]

Continue reading about US. “I am NOT a punching bag” Teachers and non-advocates are finding their voice regarding safety in schools