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House Proceeding 03-03-10 on Mar 3rd, 2010 :: 0:53:15 to 0:57:10
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John Kline

0:53:12 to 0:53:32( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: with developmental disabilities receive the care they need to reach their full potential. i thank the gentleman for yielding, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota. mr. kline: can i verify, mr. chairman, are you ready to close and me ready to -- mr. miller: my understanding is i have no further speakers.

John Kline

0:53:15 to 0:57:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Kline

John Kline

0:53:33 to 0:53:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: mr. kline: i think i'm in the same boat so i'll close. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself the balance of our time. i wanted to touch on a couple of things that we've talked about in the course of this debate that i find to be interest we've heard an appeal from one of the members here on the floor. i think it was the gentleman

John Kline

0:53:55 to 0:54:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: from illinois who said he was applauding this evidence-based approach. and others have said we have insufficient data. i fall to the latter category. we really don't know the extent of the situation. we've heard the numbers quoted. california, for example, is quoted having ,000 incidents.

John Kline

0:54:16 to 0:54:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: we really don't know what's in that 14,000 at all. these include emergency interventions. so we don't know if that's the case of a teacher breaking up a fight, a teacher stopping an argument. it's certainly not 14,000 cases of taping children to their chairs. and i don't think anybody in this body believes that that's the case.

John Kline

0:54:40 to 0:55:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: the point is we don't know. we don't know. and yet, we are using numbers as though they were gospel. on this issue, let's start with be what we agree on. we agree sdents and teachers should be safe at school. we agree children with

John Kline

0:55:01 to 0:55:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: disabilities are especially vulnerable because they may struggle with problems that are difficult for teachers to control. as a result, children with disabilities have been more likely to be restrained or placed in seclusion when in many cases, positive behavioral interventions could be much more successful and pose a we also agree that teachers

John Kline

0:55:23 to 0:55:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: need to be able to protect students with serious behavioral problems, from injuing themselves or their classmates or their teachers. the on real disagreement outside some dispute over the data and the evidence and the g.a.o. report, by the way, the g.a.o. report i find particularly interesting

John Kline

0:55:48 to 0:56:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: because it cited 10 incidents of really egregious behavior, one of those was 18 years ago, two were 12 years ago, the most recent is four years ago. it seems to me when we're going to enact this kind of legislation this sort of federal overreach in my judgment, we ought to have better data.

John Kline

0:56:11 to 0:56:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: so our real disagreement is, who should address the use of seclusion and restraint in schools? i believe states and local school districts have an obligation to keep their classrooms safe. i've seen great progress from the 46 states that have or will soon have their own policies to train teachers on thousand handle difficult behavior and

John Kline

0:56:32 to 0:56:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: sure that seclusion and restraints are only used to protect children from harming themselves or others. i believe the federal government has historically limited its reacto private schools and it would be a mistake to start applying new federal mandates to independent schools that supply -- that have taxpayer funding.

John Kline

0:56:53 to 0:57:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: i also believe we do not help things by empowering trial lawyers. for all these reasons, i continue to oppose h.r. 4247. we have spurred a national dialogue about the dangers of these strategies for controlling student behavior. that dialogue is a positive

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