Maine fares well in a national ranking of states’ policies on restraining students.
ProPublica, a Pultizer Prize-winning investigative newsroom, put together a map last year that allows you to compare each state’s rules on pinning down or restraining students who have major outbursts.
It gave Maine one of the highest scores in the country for the following:
- its comprehensive level of regulations,
- its limiting of restraints and seclusion to emergencies that involve potential harm to students or others,
- its requirement that parents be notified every time children are subject to restraints or seclusions,
- its prohibition of restraints that restrict breathing, and
- its prohibition of mechanical restraints like straps, handcuffs and bungee cords.
The only thing Maine got bad marks on was for not prohibiting seclusion outright.
Georgia was the only state to earn the highest score of 12, while Maine and six other states got the second-highest mark of 10.