Ohio schools panel weighs pupil restraint, seclusion

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

The issue arose today during an Ohio Board of Education committee and during a board presentation.

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 students.

The rules would identify the safest way to restrain and seclude youngsters to keep them calm.

John Charlton, education department spokesman, said no vote will be taken on proposed rules during the two-day monthly meeting that continues Tuesday. To accommodate further debate, the decision has been deferred to January.

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