Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Children with IEP's

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Bobby Cleveland issued a statement today vowing to crack down on schools where personnel inappropriately discipline students. In May, Gov. Mary Fallin signed Cleveland’s House Bill 1623, which protects students with an individual education program (IEP) from corporal punishment. After reading recent reports of schools secluding students in rooms as punishment, Cleveland decided this week to file additional legislation further protecting vulnerable students. 

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“Seeing reports of school personnel secluding students in small spaces as a form of ‘discipline’ is alarming,” said Cleveland, R-Slaughterville. “Parents should feel confident sending their students to school each day, and nobody should have to worry about a student being stuck in a closet for punishment. Often times, these students with individual education programs don’t even know why they’re being secluded. These practices violate the spirit of House Bill 1623, and I won’t stand to see our students with special needs treated in such a horrific way.”