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March 05, 2020

FDA Bans Use of Shock Therapy at School for Students With Special Needs

The FDA estimates that between 45 and 50 students at a Massachusetts school for students with autism, emotional disturbances, and intellectual disabilities are subjected to electrical shocks through electrodes attached to their skin.

June 18, 2019

Schools Underreport How Often Students Are Restrained or Secluded, GAO Finds

Left uncorrected, the erroneous data could severely limit the federal education department's ability to monitor, enforce, and oversee potential civil rights violations, the congressional watchdog agency concludes.

December 11, 2018

Race, Not Disability Status, Linked to Increased Suspension Rates

The research team that has examined minority identification for special education has turned its attention to a new subject: suspension rates.

November 02, 2018

Sheriff's Office in Kentucky Pays $337,000 Settlement in Student-Restraint Lawsuit

A school resource officer cuffed two elementary school students at the biceps after being called in to calm them during an emotional outburst.

October 21, 2016

Video of Teacher Dragging Special Education Student Roils Mississippi District

A Greenville, Miss. teacher was fired and a superintendent placed on administrative leave after a video of a student being dragged by her hair surfaced on social media.

September 14, 2016

Texas Special Education Camera Law Just Got a Lot Broader

The Texas attorney general said that a request for a camera from one parent requires that a district install cameras in self-contained classrooms throughout the district.

April 22, 2016

FDA Proposal Would Ban Shock Devices at Residential School

Two years after an expert panel recommended the action, the FDA has proposed a complete ban on the use of aversive devices that deliver an electric shock to ward off aversive behaviors.

March 10, 2016

Learning, Behavioral Issues Could Be Defense for Virginia Students

Students will be allowed to use school records as evidence in cases where they are charged with acting "willfully or intentionally."

January 28, 2016

Special Education Parents File Complaint Against New York City Charter Network

The Success Academies, a network that educates 11,000 children, is the subject of a complaint over its disciplinary practices, which some allege unfairly target students with disabilities.

March 27, 2015

Report: More States Adopting Restrictions on Restraint and Seclusion

Many states lawmakers are modeling their policies after federal legislation that was introduced in 2010 but never passed Congress, according to an advocacy report.

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