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When Schools Restrain Students

NPR reported on the use of restraints and seclusions in schools, including the likelihood that many school districts fail to report incidents to the U.S. Department of Education, as well as parents. The article focused on the effect restraints and seclusions had on individual students, including two Washington families represented by Wiscarson Law. https://www.npr.org/2019/06/05/726519409/desperation-and-broken-trust-when-schools-restrain-students-or-lock-them-in-room

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Legislation to Clarify Restraint and Seclusion Rules

In the third installment of a three-part series, OPB reported on the difficulties facing efforts to change the rules regarding restraints and isolation, including steps taken nationwide and locally. The article discusses lawmakers in Oregon and Washington working on legislation to clarify the restraint and seclusion rules, as well as increase funding for schools, but training for district employees on legal requirements and stronger enforcement from…

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Complaints Filed Against Vancouver Public Schools

In the second installment of a three-part series, OPB reported on complaints filed by parents with children in the Vancouver Public Schools, including two families represented by Wiscarson Law. Both families reached a settlement with the District on special education issues, including excessive use of restraints and isolation, failure to follow laws regulating restraints and isolation, and failure to comply with reporting requirements. Read about…

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