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Testimony heard Tuesday after investigation into state ‘time out rooms’ at public schools

Original story written by Mike Lowe for WGN 9 Chicago on January 7th, 2020, updated on January 8th, 2020. Video included in the original story. Photo taken from the video. Link to original article may be found HERE CHICAGO — The practice of isolation and restraint in Illinois public schools is controversial and has been…

Illinois School Officials Promise to Stop Use of Solitary Confinement Punish Students

Original story written by Zack Budryk for The Hill, and published on 11/21/19. Link to original article may be found HERE. Illinois officials have pledged to end the practice of solitary confinement for schoolchildren after an expose by ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune revealed it was a common punishment that had been used for offenses such…

Illinois Governor’s Order Restricts Timeout Rooms in Schools

Original story written by the Associated Press and published in the Washington Post on 11/20/19. Link to original article may be found HERE.   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday ordered the state’s public schools to immediately restrict the use of isolation rooms for students who don’t pose a clear safety risk.…

After Report, Illinois Officials Vow to Stop Punishing Students with Solitary Confinement

Original Story written by the Hannah Knowles for the Washington Post on 11/20/19. Link to original article may be found HERE.   Listening from outside, school staff reportedly did not intervene as children cried, injured themselves and begged to leave their small timeout rooms. But they did take meticulous notes. “I’d rather die. You’re torturing…

Thoughts on Quiet Rooms

Friends, I’m writing today to discuss my thoughts on some troubling news that has come to my attention recently. On November 19th, ProPublica Illinois wrote a piece on the use of Quiet Rooms as a behavioral intervention (click here for the article). Quiet Rooms are when children are put into isolation rooms to help him/her…
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