For three decades, federal law has required “mainstreaming” of students with disabilities and behavioral problems.
Before that, schools didn’t have to accept special-needs kids, leaving them out of public education.
Parents revolted, arguing that their children deserved the same schooling as anyone else and that mainstreaming would benefit everyone: Special-needs kids could learn to act like the other kids, and those kids could learn a bit of empathy by going to school with students different from them.
Seclusion rooms evolved as a way to handle disruptions in class. They were intended to be used when students posed a physical threat to themselves or others.
Now, many parents of special-needs students are opting to move away from mainstreaming their children in public schools.
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