As legislators consider a bill that would require school officials to report and justify every time they physically restrain a student or place a child in seclusion, the U.S. Department of Education has some interesting data on the prevalence of these practices district-by-district and school-by-school.
With 904 incidents in 2009, Waterbury puts more students into seclusion than any other district. The Capitol Region Education Council physically restrains more students than any district, with 2,313 reported incidents in 2009.
Under the bill, when the student involved in the incident is a special education student, officials will need to report if the method used falls in line with his education plan.
The bill has passed the House and awaits action in the Senate.