Most states have taken little action to regulate the use of seclusion and restraint in schools despite a May congressional report exposing abuse of the often unrestricted practices. "Without a federal standard to set the bar, it's the Wild West," said U.S. Rep. George Miller, who is a co-sponsor of recently proposed legislation to limit seclusion and restraint in schools. "We believe the right approach is a balanced one that provides federal guidance to states but still allows states the flexibility to tailor their regulations to their specific needs."

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