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.
California is cracking down on parents who declare their homes private schools. Under a California law, private school teachers don't need to be credentialed. Outgoing education chief Delaine Eastin asked state senators to rework the law to get rid of the loophole.
Angered over the weight of textbooks and backpacks, California parents signed a petition urging authorities to impose weight limits. Gov. Gray Davis signed a bill in September that will limit textbook weight by 2004; other states have introduced similar legislation.
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.
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.