Nearly 70% of students who were physically restrained by adults at school were children with disabilities and a disproportionate number of those were black, according to recent data from the U.S. Education Department. Some educators and administrators say restraint and seclusion are necessary in some cases where safety is at issue. However, advocates for children with disabilities, including the Council for Exceptional Children, are calling on federal lawmakers to regulate the practice and mandate training for educators and school staff. Students with disabilities, particularly black students, were more likely to be restrained or isolated by adults at school, according to recent data from the Education Department.
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