Education

Democrats To Sec. DeVos: Parents Must Know When Seclusion And Restraint Occurs

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After the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report urging the U.S. Department of Education to implement recommendations to address inaccuracies in federal restraint and seclusion data, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and U.S. Representative Don Beyer (VA-8), on Tuesday led a group of 42 members... Read more »

Scott & Beyer Statement on Recent Restraint and Seclusion GAO Report

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Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) issued the following statement after the release of a recent GAO Report, entitled “K-12 Education: Education Should Take Immediate Action to Address Inaccuracies in Federal Restraint and Seclusion Data.” “The GAO’s report makes clear that school districts across the country are not accurately reporting the use of restraint or seclusion — disc... Read more »

Construction Begins Today on New $120 Million F.C. School

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Falls Church News Press | Construction is scheduled to begin today on a new $120 million George Mason High School set to replace the existing, aging City of Falls Church school currently near the site. On Friday, Falls Church City Public Schools broke ground on the project with an event was attended by the Falls Church City School Board, City Council, members of the project team, teachers and othe... Read more »

Democrats seek to lift secrecy surrounding school seclusion and restraint

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Politico | Parents say it’s bad enough when they find out a teacher took steps to physically isolate or control a disruptive child who may pose a danger to others— but not getting the news immediately from the school is all the more unsettling. As Democrats in Congress work to craft a bill that would create a federal standard on what's known as seclusion and restraint in K-12 schools, a key compon... Read more »

5 Questions With Don Beyer

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Arlington Magazine | Give us a snapshot of your district. We are the second-most-educated district in the country, second only to New York’s Upper East Side in college graduates. We are one of the wealthiest and certainly the most politically sophisticated. Politics and government are in our blood. It’s our hometown business. I never have to simplify things for audiences. At the same time, the 8th... Read more »

Dems Slam DeVos for Proposed Cut to Special Olympics Budget

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Independent Journal Review | Democrats are outraged over Education Secretary Betsey DeVos‘ proposed a new department budget that includes cutting all $18 million of federal funding to the Special Olympics. Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives are reassuring the public that they will fight for the organization’s funding. “This will never happen. Full stop,” Rep. Joe Kenne... Read more »

Children Are Routinely Isolated In Some Fairfax County Schools. The District Didn’t Report It.

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WAMU 88.5 | For years, Fairfax County Public Schools reported to the federal government that not a single student was physically restrained or trapped in an isolating space. But documents obtained by WAMU reveal hundreds of cases where children, some as young as 6 years old, were restrained or put in seclusion multiple times. In some cases, a single child was confined to a room almost 100 times in... Read more »

Beyer Appointed To Serve On House Committee On Ways And Means

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) announced today that he has received an appointment to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, one of the five exclusive House committees. Ways and Means has a wide breadth of jurisdiction, including health care, trade policy and tariffs, and oversight of Medicare and Social Security. It is the House Committee directly responsible for writing tax legislation, and the old... Read more »

Support Grows For Keeping All Students Safe Act

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Last week, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (VA-8) and Bobby Scott (VA-3), introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASSA), which would protect students from the dangers of seclusion and restraint. If enacted, the law would establish strong federal standards to prohibit the use of seclusion and to limit restraint in federally ... Read more »

Democrats Seek to Sharply Curtail Restraint, Seclusion of Students

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Education Week | Democrats on Capitol Hill are seeking to ban the practice of isolating students in special rooms or otherwise secluding them in schools that receive federal funds, and to limit when students can be physically restrained. The Keeping All Students Safe Act would also require schools to notify parents within 24 hours when their child has been physically restrained, and to require sta... Read more »