Harmful Restraint of Students with Disabilities in Texas Schools
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In our work to ensure students with disabilities receive the free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to which they are entitled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), we have noticed a trend in the inappropriate and disproportionate effects of restraint training and practices on students with disabilities in Texas. Students with disabilities represent approximately 9.8% of the state’s school population, but they experienced 91% of restraints in Texas’ public schools during the 2018-19 school year.
This investigative report provides details of this and other disturbing trends regarding school restraints along with a listing of best practices for behavioral intervention methods.
Published: December 7, 2020