Commission May Outline How Teachers Handle Unruly Students

By Emma Koch

Commission May Outline How Teachers Handle Unruly Students

April 18, 2013 Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 7:13 PM EDT

INDIANA (www.incnow.tv) -- A bill is headed for Governor Pence's desk that would spell out rules for when teachers can restrain unruly students.

A bill that creates a nine-member commission to determine the circumstances in which a student could be retrained or isolated has been given final approval by the Senate.

The panel will outline procedures that should be adhered to in these situations. It will include at least two educators and representatives of five special-need communities including the Autism Society of Indiana and Mental Health America of Indiana.

Legislators believe having a commission set up the ground rules will make it easier to adjust them in the future should the need arise.

The commission's first version of a model restraint policy would be due Aug. 1. Schools could deviate from the recommendations the commission outlines but would need to have their own policy in place by July 2014.

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