Schools underreporting episodes of students being secluded and restrained

June 24, 2019 | The Washington Post

The public school system in Fairfax County is one of the nation’s largest, educating nearly 190,000 students in the Virginia suburbs.

But it told the U.S. Education Department that in the 2015-2016 school year, not a single student had been restrained or secluded in its 198 schools and education centers.

The system joined nine other large school systems — including New York, the nation’s largest district, with more than 1 million schoolchildren — in reporting no instances of seclusion or restraint that school year.

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