The U.S. Department of Education is launching a wide-ranging initiative to “address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion” among students with disabilities in the nation’s schools.
The Education Department indicated Thursday that its Office for Civil Rights will work with its Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to conduct compliance reviews, improve data collection, offer technical assistance and better support schools to ensure that they are properly handling the behavioral needs of kids with disabilities.
“This initiative will not only allow us to support children with disabilities, but will also provide technical assistance to help meet the professional learning needs of those within the system serving students,” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said. “The only way to ensure the success of all children with disabilities is to meet the needs of each child with a disability. This initiative furthers that important mission.”
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