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Document Number: 11036

Variation Found in Rates of Restraint and Seclusion Among Students With a Disability - Across school districts there were 2.6 instances of restraint for every 100 students with a disability for the 2009-2010 school year compared to 0.1 instances for students without a disability, researchers found, using data from the 2009-2010 Civil Rights Data Collection and the 2009 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates. And while the majority of U.S. school districts do not restrain or seclude students with a disability, low-poverty, low-diversity districts use restraint and seclusion more than twice as often as high-poverty, high-diversity districts. The authors conclude, “One compelling explanation for the tremendous range in rates of restraint and seclusion is profound differences in policy.” (Douglas J. Gagnon, Marybeth J. Mattingly and Vincent J. Connelly, Carsey Institute, December 2013)...

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