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Michigan educators have secluded and restrained students nearly 94,000 times over the past five school years, a Free Press investigation found.
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Lawmakers sought to restrict the use of seclusion and restraints on students in Michigan schools back in 2016. It was only supposed to be used for emergencies, they said.
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A school district in Michigan isolated children with disabilities more than 4,000 times – and administrators will not reveal why.
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Free Press investigation finds some Michigan educators using restraint and seclusion improperly, with no law to stop them.
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“We have not only a real public health threat but this novel coronavirus is really affecting the economy, and this is going to have implications for state revenues,” one analyst said.
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Community members came together in March for a forum and roundtable discussion of what it takes to navigate San Francisco Unified School District’s Special Education system and to develop an action plan to support African American students with learning differences.
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The San Francisco Unified School District troubled history has plenty to teach us about what is and isn’t working for black students with special needs today.
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Some of San Francisco’s African-American families have attended public schools in the city for three generations. Here they share their experiences.
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Education reporter Lee Romney set out to explore the systemic inequities that have hampered African-American students in a fast-changing San Francisco.
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Obesity is a major problem in Merced County, especially for children. So why is the local school district’s menu full of unhealthy items such as hot dogs and breakfast pizza?

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