ProPublica Illinois | St. Louis Public Radio

ProPublica Illinois

ISBE Asks Families To Report Seclusion, Restraint

Nov 25, 2019

The Illinois State Board of Education is encouraging anyone with information about abusive time-out rooms or restraints in any school setting to share that information directly with the agency. The request comes in the wake of a report earlier this week by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica documenting thousands of instances of children, usually with special needs, placed in seclusion in their schools.

Kevin Rubenstein, president of a statewide group of special education administrators, told the board to expect to hear even more stories.

Illinois To Take Emergency Action To Halt Isolated Timeouts In Schools

Nov 20, 2019
NOT FOR FILE USE - A seclusion room at Braun Educational Center in south suburban Oak Forest, Illinois.
Zbigniew Bzdak | Chicago Tribune

The Illinois State Board of Education announced on Wednesday that it will take emergency action to end isolated seclusion of children in schools, saying the practice has been “misused and overused to a shocking extent.”

Calling the seclusion of children in Illinois “appalling,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that he directed the education agency to make the emergency rules, and that he will then work with legislators to make them law.