The Minnesota Department of Education has reversed an earlier decision that did not allow locked "timeout rooms." The rooms will be used for disruptive students and their usage will be regulated by the state.
A federal lawsuit accusing a Minnesota elementary teacher of mistreating a student with special needs by using restraint and a locked timeout room has been dismissed. The judge said the teacher's actions were reasonable and based on approved practices; the attorney for the girl's mother said she would appeal.
Special education representatives say if locked time-out rooms were banned, some schools would not be able to handle misbehaving students. A proposed rule also would limit unlocked sessions to 15 minutes.
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Complaints over the misuse of "time-out rooms" for misbehaving special education students has prompted a debate in Minnesota schools, a report says. State officials don't know how widespread the problem is, but reports of children being handcuffed in front of classmates worries some advocates.