Senator Harkin holds event to introduce Keeping All Students Safe Act

February 06, 2014

We have some wonderful news to share. On Wednesday, February 12, Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), will host an event to discuss the findings of a Committee investigation into the obstacles faced by parents whose children were secluded or restrained in public schools. 

While the use of seclusion and restraints are prohibited in other settings, tens of thousands of children are subjected to these practices in the classroom each school year. Many of these children are physically and emotionally harmed by the use of seclusion and restraints. This investigation documents the inability of some families to effectively address the use of seclusion and restraints practices and to positively affect change in school practices. 

Senator Harkin will discuss the results of the investigation as well as his introduction of Keeping All Students Safe Act, which aims to ensure effective implementation of positive behavioral interventions in our nation’s schools. 

As Network faithful know, this is an issue we have been following closely for some time now (see the original call to action from Bill Lichtenstein and visit the Act to Keep All Students Safe website). If you can’t be in DC to attend the event be sure to send Senator Harkin a note with a hearty congratulations for his willingness to push forward with the Keeping All Students Safe Act.

Here are the details:

WHO: Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee

WHAT: Seclusion and Restraints Report Reveal and Remarks

WHEN: February 12, 2014, 10:00am – 11:00am ET

Capitol Visitor Center
First Street SE and East Capitol Street NE
Room SVC 208-209
Washington, DC 

Please allow extra time to clear Visitor Center security, then proceed to the Senate Appointments Desk to be admitted to the event. 

Space for this event is limited and RSVP is required to enter the Capitol Visitors Center. Please RSVP no later than February 10 to Alyssa Mowitz at Members of the media should RSVP to Allison Preiss at

CART and sign-language interpretation services will be provided.

Follow the event on twitter!

  • The Twitter feed for the event is #KeepStudentsSafe
  • The livestream will be available at


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