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Restraint and Seclusion Policy Change Approved

Child advocates, students, and parents across the state received good news this week when the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee approved the Kentucky Department of Education’s new restraint and seclusion policy proposal. As we recently discussed, restraints and seclusion can have terrible consequences for Kentucky children. The policy change will enhance  school safety for both students and staff by limiting the use of restraint and seclusion, educating teachers on how to safely conduct restraints when absolutely necessary, and [...]

By |2012-12-20T11:42:59-05:00December 20th, 2012|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education|

Don’t pull the net out from children

The following post first appeared in A Better Life, a blog for the Courier-Journal about the aftermath of the recession. Over the weekend, New York Times Columnist Nick Kristof caused a bit of a stir with his column “Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy.” Kristof argues that some families in poverty – specifically families in Breathitt County in eastern Kentucky – keep their children illiterate to ensure they receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This is troubling, but [...]

By |2012-12-11T10:30:03-05:00December 11th, 2012|Blog, Economic Security, Education|

Kentucky kids need you: Speak out on use of restraint and seclusion in Kentucky schools

Imagine the scene. It actually happened. The superintendent was walking through the school cafeteria. As he did, he spotted a student rising from his seat with a knife. A former gridiron star, the superintendent claims that he “drank from the fountain of youth” and launched himself like a middle linebacker to take the knife-toting youth to the ground. Imagine another scene. It, too actually, happened. On a Wednesday night in a Yonkers, New York school, [...]

By |2012-12-06T09:31:29-05:00December 6th, 2012|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education|
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