While our original legislation tackled the issue of child restraint in Texas, inappropriate restraint is a nationwide issue. Some states have policies to limit the use of restraints, while others do not. There is still no comprehensive federal policy regarding the use of restraint in schools.
During the 2017-2018 school year, over 70,000 students were restrained throughout the country. In the same year, students with disabilities made up only 13% of the entire student population but constituted 80% of all restraint cases.
The disproportionality that is present in the treatment of students with disabilities highlights a disturbing trend.
In order to bring awareness to the issue of restraints and their effects on children, educators, and law enforcement, we have partnered with Representative Sylvia Garcia to introduce the No Kids in Cuffs Resolution.