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Legislative notebook: Bills headed to McAuliffe

RICHMOND – Legislation that would require statewide norms for school seclusion and restraint policies is headed to the governor for his signature. Senate Bill 782 passed the House unanimously Friday. It had already cleared the Senate. The bill orders the state Board of Education to write regulations for all schools, instead of allowing policies to differ from district to district. These policies deal with when school officials can physically restrain children, or keep them in a secluded room. These techniques are often used on children with mental illnesses, or children who have become violent, and legislators heard from parents that they have been misused. Suffolk road kill...