June 27, 2017, Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette: ACLU wants changes to state seclusion rules for Iowa schools http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/education/k-12-education/aclu-wants-changes-to-state-seclusion-rules-for-iowa-schools-20170627 The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and six Iowa attorneys have filed a petition asking the state Department of Education to revise rules for secluding and restraining students. … In response to a Dec. 21 complaint from Richard, Thomas Mayes, a state Department of Education complaint officer, reviewed 455 seclusion reports involving 64 Iowa City students from Dec. 22, 2015, through Dec. 21, 2016. He also visited two Iowa City schools with seclusion rooms. The report showed 18 Iowa City students had six or more seclusion incidents in the year studied and some kids were put in the rooms 10 or more times that year. Sixty percent of the incidents were in grades pre-K through 3 and the average length of time elementary students spent in the rooms was 18 to 29 minutes, depending on the grade.