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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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OPB Article on NW School District’s Treatment of Children with Disabilities

In the first installment of a three-part series, OPB reported on the misuse of physical restraints and isolation by school districts in Oregon and Washington against children with disabilities. The investigation raises questions about school districts not following laws regulating restraints and isolation, including failure to inform parents when restraints and isolation are used again their children, and the negative effects these practices have on children…

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Polk Itemizer-Observer: Dallas Parents Give Feedback on Special Education

The Polk Itemizer-Observer reported on a meeting between the Dallas School District and parents of students in special education, intended to give parents the opportunity to provide feedback and voice  concerns. Parent concerns shared at the meeting included the district’s failure to provide information to parents about student progress on IEP goals, district making changes to medication schedules without notifying…

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