Wisconsin Senate to vote on new student restraint guidelines

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MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill supported by disability rights advocates and parents that would establish more procedures for when schools restrain a student or place them in seclusion.

The disability rights community advocated for improvements to the law after a 2014 study found that 80% of the students placed in restraints or in seclusion have a disability.

The existing law, passed in 2011, only allows for a student to be physically restrained if they pose an imminent risk to others’ safety.

The bill up for approval Tuesday would change how such incidents are reported and tracked.