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Brewer signs bill on use of school isolation rooms

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill into law that requires schools to get parents’ permission before putting unruly students in “isolation rooms.”

Brewer said in a letter accompanying Wednesday’s signing announcement that she views the new rules on isolation rooms as a starting point for a state review and possible additional legislation next year. She called the practice of locking out-of-control children who may be a danger to themselves or others in small padded rooms for hours “chilling.”

The bill was sponsored by Republican Rep. Kelly Townsend of Mesa. Brewer praised her for shining a light on the issue. Only five other states didn’t regulate the practice.

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