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Massachusetts board to discuss student restraint

November 23, 2014

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has scheduled a pair of meetings this week.

At a special meeting scheduled for Monday, the board is expected to discuss new educator licensure policy and efforts to strengthen special education policy and practice.

At the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, one item on the agenda is a discussion on proposed amendments to the rules governing how public school students can be restrained or secluded. Most of the students restrained in Massachusetts schools in the past two school years have been students with disabilities.

The department has heard concerns about the use of “prone restraint,” which some people think should be banned.

The board will also discuss a progress report on Lawrence public schools on their second full year of receivership.

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