Bill seeking to restrict school isolation rooms wins preliminary approval
Arizona House has taken the first steps toward restricting the use of isolation
rooms, in public schools. A bill by
Representative Kelly Townsend, to require a parent's permission before putting
a child in isolation, has won preliminary approval in the House. Leslie Noyes, who filed suit against the
“I discovered him in the special education room in a room about the size of the elevator in this building, lying on the floor, completely unresponsive," Noyes said.
Representative Catherine Miranda argued the bill fails to go far enough. She wants isolation rooms banned in public schools. But, Townsend says lawmakers need to take baby steps this year, to make sure the measure is not killed. She promised more far-reaching legislation next session.