- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The state’s top education official has ordered a significant review after concerns emerged over Jefferson County Public Schools’ use of physical restraints and seclusion techniques.

The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/2ayK8ze ) reports that Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt wrote in a letter Wednesday that he is sending his staff to conduct an onsite review of JCPS’ management practices.

The newspaper reported in March that the school district had knowingly underreported to the state the number of times students were physically held down or confined to a room in schools.

The district originally told the state that it had restrained or secluded students 174 times in the 2014-2015 school year. That number was later revised to 4,165 incidents.

JCPS paid $1.75 million last month to the family of a 16-year-old autistic boy whose legs were broken when a teaching assistant physically restrained him.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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