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*Jefferson Cty, KY: "Significantly" under-reporting incidents of restraint and seclusion of students

Nov 2, 2017, Louisville (KT) Courier-Journal: JCPS outlines progress after state demands immediate action in three key areas http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/education/2017/11/02/jcps-outlines-progress-state-demands-immediate-action/826286001/ The acting head of Jefferson County Public Schools has signaled the district is working toward better complying with state and federal laws after the state's top education official demanded immediate corrective action in September. … Pruitt flagged issues that "directly impact the health, safety and appropriate instruction of students" in the district, namely in career and technical education compliance, laws governing the education of students with disabilities and the policy on physical restraints and seclusion. Courier Journal reported last year that JCPS had significantly underreported to the state the number of times students were physically held down or confined to a room in schools and that the district knew it had underreported those numbers. One incident first reported by Courier Journal involved a 16-year-old disabled boy, Brennan Long, who suffered two fractured legs - a life-threatening injury - after he was physically restrained by a teaching assistant at the Binet School. The district, Pruitt wrote in a Sept. 20 letter, has a significant "lack of understanding" about the physical restraint policy. "Interviews and observations indicate the prevalence of physical restraints such as mechanical, prone or supine restraints as well as unnecessary use of physical restraint and seclusion where the students' behavior did not pose an imminent danger of physical harm to self or others," Pruitt wrote. …