Panel weighs pupil restraint, seclusion

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COLUMBUS (AP) -- The state school board in Ohio is continuing to debate new regulations for how educators must seclude and physically restrain students.

The Ohio Board of Education has scheduled a committee meeting and board presentation today during its two-day monthly meeting.

Some educators have balked at setting rules for such practices, complaining they could overburden school systems with training, testing and paperwork. Parents and advocates for special-needs children generally want to see such policies in place to protect children.

The rules would identify the safest way to restrain and seclude youngsters to keep them calm. Ohio Department of Education spokesman John Charlton said no vote will be taken on proposed rules this month.

In order to accommodate further debate, the decision has been deferred to January.

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