Senators to Vote on Special Education Bill

1/24/12 – Wisconsin senators are expected to vote today (Tue) on a bill to limit seclusions and physical restraints of students. Advocates for children with special needs have been pushing for the measure, saying it’s those youngsters who are most likely to be restrained or placed in time-out rooms due to outbursts. The bill prohibits certain restraints altogether, like those which don’t protect children’s heads. It gives procedures on when it’s appropriate to restrain or seclude youngsters — and the practices would have to be done by trained personnel with a goal to encourage positive behavior. The issue has been discussed nationally, but a similar bill in Congress has not gone anywhere. Also today, the state Senate is scheduled to vote on letting high schools hand out vocational diplomas based on credits for vocational-and-technical classes.