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The Quiet Rooms – Ending Unlawful “Isolated Timeout” on Students

On November 19, 2019 the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois published an investigative report on Illinois schools using unlawful “isolated timeout” on students, sometimes for hours with nobody responding to the children’s cries for help. We worked closely with Jennifer Smith Richards from the Chicago Tribune and Jodi S. Cohen and Lakeidra Chavison from ProPublica on the original article. We continue to work with officials to end this harmful practice.

Here is a collection of articles and statements published in response to the original piece. As the situation develops, this page will be updated.

Chicago Tribune – January 6, 2020
Secluding students in small rooms should be illegal in Illinois, educators and advocates tell lawmakers

ABC News – January 6, 2020
Lawmakers call for change to isolation rooms in schools

NBC News – January 6, 2020
Illinois lawmakers to grapple over banning isolation in schools, or modifying policies

Chicago Tribune – December 20, 2019
The Takedown

Chicago Tribune – December 20, 2019
How we reported this story: Thousands of records on Illinois schools’ use of physical restraints

Chicago Tribune – December 20, 2019
These are the new proposed rules for seclusion, restraint in Illinois schools

Chicago Tribune – December 12, 2019
‘A Mean Place’

ProPublica Illinois – December 5, 2019
Illinois Will Allow Prone, Supine Restraints on Children While Schools Learn to Phase Them Out

Illinois State Board of Education – December 4, 2019
Notice of Proposed Amendments
Restraint rules 12-4-19

WCBU – December 4, 2019
ISBE Rolls Back Restraint Rules

Chicago Tribune – December 4, 2019
Illinois amends emergency rules, will temporarily allow prone, supine restraints in schools

WBEZ – November 25, 2019
Investigation: There’s A Ban On Isolated Timeouts In Illinois Schools

Illinois Public Media – November 23, 2019
ISBE Asks Families To Report Seclusion, Restraint

ProPublica Illinois – November 22, 2019
Readers Choked Back Tears. Some Struggled to Keep Reading. We Understand.

Chicago Tribune – November 22, 2019
Editorial: Stop the ‘quiet room’ abuse of Illinois schoolchildren

Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities – November 22, 2019
Institute Statement on Seclusion Practices

Chicago Tribune – November 22, 2019
District 112 explains use of isolated time outs, restraints after investigation prompts emergency action

Chicago Tribune – November 21, 2019
Illinois to take emergency action to halt isolated timeouts in schools

ABC News – November 21, 2019
Report Reveals Misuse of Isolation Rooms in Illinois Schools

Northern Public Radio – November 21, 2019
Pritzker Promises Prompt Response to Reports of Student Isolation Abuse

Representative Jonathan Carroll – November 20, 2019
Thoughts on Quiet Rooms

Washington Post – November 20, 2019
After report, Illinois officials vow to stop punishing students with solitary confinement

Illinois School Board of Education – November 20, 2019
State Board of Education to take emergency action to end the use of isolated seclusion in Illinois schools

Chicago Tribune – November 19, 2019
The Quiet Rooms


Last updated: January 08, 2020

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