Illinois Schools Will Be Allowed To Restrain Students Next Year

CHICAGO — Illinois schools will be allowed to restrain challenging students by physically holding them face-down on the floor under a deal that the State Board of Education reached with a key legislative rule-making committee.

The decision comes after an emergency ban on what are called prone restraints is set to expire this month.

Some small schools had objected to the ban, saying the use of prone restraints can help challenging students calm down.

That ban was instituted after a joint Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois investigation on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools.

The change will take effect during the next academic year.



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