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House Proceeding 03-03-10 on Mar 3rd, 2010 :: 0:18:30 to 0:21:50
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Joe Courtney

0:18:17 to 0:18:37( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Courtney: time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. miller: i yield -- are you going to yield? then i yield to mr. courtney and then you are going to yield i yield to the gentleman from connecticut for two minutes.

Joe Courtney

0:18:30 to 0:21:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joe Courtney

Joe Courtney

0:18:38 to 0:18:58( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Courtney: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut is recognized for two minutes. mr. courtney: i want to thank the chairman of the education and labor committee. the hearing which was held at the education and labor committee was one of the most stunning, amazing, eye-opening events i think of this congress. and the bipartisanship which came together after that hearing to craft this

Joe Courtney

0:18:59 to 0:19:19( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Courtney: legislation, again, i think is a testament to your leadership and the bipartisanship that you've created on that committee. mr. speaker, back in 1998 the hartford current won a pulitzer prize for afour-part investigation of seclusion and restraint all across the country. the name of the series was called "a nationwide pattern of

Joe Courtney

0:19:20 to 0:19:40( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Courtney: death," which i'd like to offer a copy of that series for the record which, again, in chapter and verse laid out of the shocking, uneven application of this type of force against america's schoolchildren. in connecticut it actually resulted in action in terms of legislation which was put into place. many of the minimum standards which are included in the

Joe Courtney

0:19:41 to 0:20:02( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Courtney: legislation we're voting on today were incorporated into that measure. but clearly as a nation we have much more work to be done. the fact of the matter is that today 19 states have no a plus or regulations related to the use of seclusion or restraints in schools. seven states place some restrictions on restraints but

Joe Courtney

0:20:03 to 0:20:23( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Courtney: do not regulate exclusions and that's witn the 31 which was referred by mr. kline. 17 states require that selective staff receive training before permitting to restrain children. the rest do not. 13 states require -- 19 require parents to be notified afterwards. only two states require annual

Joe Courtney

0:20:24 to 0:20:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Courtney: reporting on the use of restraints. eight states prohibit the use of restraints or one that would impede the child's ability to breathe. i woulargue, mr. speaker, that as a government, as a nation who provides massive amounts of education dollars across the country, we would

Joe Courtney

0:20:45 to 0:21:05( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Courtney: never countenance racial discrimination, gender discrimination by institutions who receive those funds. i don't think it's too much to say that we allow these type of practices -- 30 seconds. mr. miller: i yield the gentleman one minute. mr. courtney: which would result in some instances, as the chairman said, in actual deaths and traumatic life-long injuries to be countenance by

Joe Courtney

0:21:06 to 0:21:26( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Courtney: the american taxpayer. this measure establishes minimum standards. it establishes transparency. it gives us as a country the opportunity to allow states to take leadership in terms of implementing their own rules and regulations. but it says as a nation we are not going to tolerate this type of behavior which schools themselves are mandated reporting.

Joe Courtney

0:21:27 to 0:21:47( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Courtney: if it's happening in ahild's home and a teacher became aware of it, they would be required by law to report it to child prot of federal law. we could do at least as much of the school environment which children do every day in this country. i want a strong in support of this legislation so we can raise our children to

Joe Courtney

0:21:48 to 0:21:52( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Courtney: a new level as they go to school every day. and i yield back the balance of

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