This legislation would provide students with and without disabilities protection against abuse in schools.
It is well-documented that the use of restraint and seclusion in schools is neither effective nor therapeutic. Instead, it is mentally and physically abusive. Despite this, thousands of cases of restraint and seclusion occur in our nation’s schools annually, often with tragic results, including the death of children.You can read more here.
For years, schools’ use of restraint, seclusion, and aversive interventions was unpublicized and little-known, despite their widespread use. However, recent reports by COPAA  and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), and Congressional testimony by the U.S. Government Accountability Office  have served to shine a spotlight on these abusive practices. In their findings sections, H.R. 4247 and S. 2860 recognize that "physical restraint and seclusion have resulted in physical injury, psychological trauma, and death to children in public and private schools," as described in these reports. The reports also note that existing laws alone have not protected students against such abuse and injury, though many do offer important protections. The bills, therefore, include a critically important savings clause that preserves existing additional rights under state and federal law.
COPAA is a national organization of parents, advocates and attorneys dedicated to protecting the civil and educational rights of children with disabilities, whose members represent families in 48 States and the District of Columbia. As such, COPAA believes this legislation is a crucial first step toward the ultimate goals of eliminating abuse and restraint in schools, limiting use of restraint and seclusion to true emergencies, and assuring that children who exhibit challenging behaviors obtain appropriate, safe, and effective educational services.