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  • Latest Action: Mar 04, 2010 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on Education and the Workforce - Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education

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  • This bill's most-recent vote occurred on March 03, 2010, with a roll call of 262 ayes, 153 nays, and 16 not voting.

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  • 71% of users support H.R.4247

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    • Respect ABILITY Law Center

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    • Autism Society

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    • National Alliance On Mental Illness Minnesota

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    • National School Boards Association

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    • Association of University Centers on Disabilities

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    • National Autism Association

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    • AUTCOM: The Autism National Committee

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    • TASH: The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On April 15, 2010, by Blackkatomalley - Our 10 year old Son, with Autism, has learned aggressive and violent behaviors from being physically restrained and put into a seclusion room for the past 2 years. Instead of finding out why he was throwing things, or knocking over chairs in the classroom, they simply told him to go into the "Quiet Room" which escalated his behavior. Then 2 much larger adults held his arms behind him, bent him over so he could barely breathe, and they said they did this for the safety of all involved? Instead of reacting to the aggressive behavior they should be finding out what triggered it in the first place! He doesn't feel safe there and we agree with him.

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      As noted by Blackkatomalley, a user on OpenCongress.org, on April 15, 2010, "Our 10 year old Son, with Autism, has learned aggressive and violent behaviors from being physically restrained and put into a seclusion room for the past 2 years. Instead of finding out why he was throwing things, or knocking over chairs in the classroom, they simply told him to go into the "Quiet Room" which escalated his behavior. Then 2 much larger adults held his arms behind him, bent him over so he could barely breathe, and they said they did this for the safety of all involved? Instead of reacting to the aggressive behavior they should be finding out what triggered it in the first place! He doesn't feel safe there and we agree with him."
    • On March 24, 2010, by tankexmortis - I was a victim of the form of abuse this bill seeks to prevent. I would very much like to put the "No" votes in the House and inevitably in the Senate in the shoes of those of us who were abused this way. Imagine being dragged against your will into a tiny, windowless room, thrown on the floor, held down and/or sat upon by two or more people three to five times your size for up to and exceeding thirty minutes at a time. This was not to protect the other children from me, this was punishment for any act deemed inappropriate, from arguments with the teacher to excessive belching. This was the abuse that I suffered as recently as 1998, and rest assured there are many cases that were far worse. It is about time that systematic abuse of children was outlawed in this country and every "No" vote is a personal attack on me and the thousands of other kids who've had to go through these experiences.

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      As noted by tankexmortis, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 24, 2010, "I was a victim of the form of abuse this bill seeks to prevent. I would very much like to put the "No" votes in the House and inevitably in the Senate in the shoes of those of us who were abused this way. Imagine being dragged against your will into a tiny, windowless room, thrown on the floor, held down and/or sat upon by two or more people three to five times your size for up to and exceeding thirty minutes at a time. This was not to protect the other children from me, this was punishment for any act deemed inappropriate, from arguments with the teacher to excessive belching. This was the abuse that I suffered as recently as 1998, and rest assured there are many cases that were far worse. It is about time that systematic abuse of children was outlawed in this country and every "No" vote is a personal attack on me and the thousands of other kids who've had to go through these experiences."
    • On November 20, 2010, by KMWaheed - My daughter went through a HORRIBLE incident @ age 8 (now 12) She is a special needs child. I am NOT allowing the use of this in her IEP. I will NEVER allow her to go through anything like that again. I meet with the school on Monday along with a social worker with C.P.S. about a bullying/harassment-type issue involving 1 of her teachers. Despite 2 months of complaints, nothing has been being done about it. I plan to tape record the meeting. I write on the topic of education and don't mind writing about her school at all. ;) I've restrained my daughter, but I do it by wrapping a blanket around her (not always with a blanket), sit her down, I sit down behind her, and I wrap my arms around her and talk to her using soothing words until she calms down. IT WORKS! Am I always in the right mental and emotional state to handle outbursts with her? NO; however, sitting down with her as I have described calms ME down, too! :) Thank you for what you shared!

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      As noted by KMWaheed, a user on OpenCongress.org, on November 20, 2010, "My daughter went through a HORRIBLE incident @ age 8 (now 12) She is a special needs child. I am NOT allowing the use of this in her IEP. I will NEVER allow her to go through anything like that again. I meet with the school on Monday along with a social worker with C.P.S. about a bullying/harassment-type issue involving 1 of her teachers. Despite 2 months of complaints, nothing has been being done about it. I plan to tape record the meeting. I write on the topic of education and don't mind writing about her school at all. ;) I've restrained my daughter, but I do it by wrapping a blanket around her (not always with a blanket), sit her down, I sit down behind her, and I wrap my arms around her and talk to her using soothing words until she calms down. IT WORKS! Am I always in the right mental and emotional state to handle outbursts with her? NO; however, sitting down with her as I have described calms ME down, too! :) Thank you for what you shared!"

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • It's Time to Get Real: Meet the new 'Good Old (Boys) Party' - December 24, 2010 by It's Time to Get Real - ... proposed by other Republican members … ranging from Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers' (WA-05) H.R. 4247 – Keeping All Students Safe Act to Todd Russell Platts' (R-PA) H.R. 5504 Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act. ...

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      As noted by It's Time to Get Real on December 24, 2010, "... proposed by other Republican members … ranging from Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers' (WA-05) H.R. 4247 – Keeping All Students Safe Act to Todd Russell Platts' (R-PA) H.R. 5504 Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act. ..." (http://www.justiceandequityineducation.com/2010/12/meet-new-good-old-boys-party.html)
    • MN-02 : Who is Out on Kline's Workforce Committee « MN Political ... - December 22, 2010 by MN Political Roundtable - She was advocate for children and seemed to work extremely well with the Democrats on the Committee … but her battle with Mr. Kline over H.R. 4247 – Keeping All Students Safe Act was profound. Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers' floor ...

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      As noted by MN Political Roundtable on December 22, 2010, "She was advocate for children and seemed to work extremely well with the Democrats on the Committee … but her battle with Mr. Kline over H.R. 4247 – Keeping All Students Safe Act was profound. Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers' floor ..." (http://mnpoliticalroundtable.com/?p=1964)
    • Voters See House GOP as Ghost of Christmas Future « MN Political ... - December 21, 2010 by MN Political Roundtable - ... the Federal Government should not be telling the states what to do to protect our children (that is an argument that John Kline (R-MN-02) made when he voted against H.R. 4247: Keeping All Students Safe Act but that's another story.) ...

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      As noted by MN Political Roundtable on December 21, 2010, "... the Federal Government should not be telling the states what to do to protect our children (that is an argument that John Kline (R-MN-02) made when he voted against H.R. 4247: Keeping All Students Safe Act but that's another story.) ..." (http://mnpoliticalroundtable.com/?p=1960)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • - January 22, 2010 by Examiner.com - When you call or write, be sure to include the bill's name, “The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act,” and its number (HR 4247). ...

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      As noted by Examiner.com on January 22, 2010, " When you call or write, be sure to include the bill's name, “The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act,” and its number (HR 4247). ... " (http://www.examiner.com/x-4959-Special-Education-Examiner~y2010m1d23-Education-lobbyists-are-in-favor-of-restraints-for-the-disabled)
    • - January 20, 2010 by Examiner.com - ... parties to call their representatives and senators today in support of the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (HR 4247). ...

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      As noted by Examiner.com on January 20, 2010, " ... parties to call their representatives and senators today in support of the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (HR 4247). ... " (http://www.examiner.com/x-32247-Parenting-Tweens-Examiner~y2010m1d21-Advocates-calling-for-end-to-unlawful-school-restraint-and-seclusion-practices)
    • Proposed Restraint Bill Contentious But Has Few Ties to Transportation - December 17, 2009 by School Transportation News - The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (HR 4247) was introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) on Dec. 9, and although it mentions ...

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      As noted by School Transportation News on December 17, 2009, " The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (HR 4247) was introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) on Dec. 9, and although it mentions ... " (http://www.stnonline.com/home/latest-news/1774-proposed-restraint-bill-contentious-but-has-few-ties-to-transportation)
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