This edition of the PBIS Post is designed to raise awareness about current federal legislative activity and national initiatives relating to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
In her session at the March 2010 Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) Conference, Laurel Stine, director of federal relations at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington D.C., shared some details about H.R.2597, the Positive Behavior for Safe and Effective Schools Act. This bill would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to create avenues for schools to more easily implement school-wide PBIS (SW-PBIS) with use of grants and Title I funds, and to train teachers on how to improve school climates.
Stine also spoke on H.R.4247 and S.2860, now known as the Keeping All Students Safe Act. Stine discussed how the bill, among other things, would provide competitive grants to assist with the development and implementation of the state plan, training, and implementation of PBIS to further prevent restraint and seclusion. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) would identify models that emphasize PBIS and de-escalation techniques over physical intervention.
Unfortunately, this bill stalled in the Senate this spring. The good news is that it was re-introduced in the Senate in October under the same name, but with a new number, S.3895.
Stine also talked about H.R.2531, the Mental Health in Schools Act, which encourages the implementation of PBIS within schools, as well as H.R.4122, the Graduation for All Act, which speaks to how successful implementation of SW-PBIS can lead to academic improvement and comprehensively address the social and emotional development of students.
CPI actively monitors this type of legislative activity on an ongoing basis. Watch the CPI website and Instructor Forum for updates, and view our recent webinar on the Keeping All Students Safe Act.
You may also track progress of this legislation on the GovTrack or Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law websites.
As you can see, it's an important time to put on your advocacy hat and correspond with your elected officials. Share in the Comments section what's going on with PBIS regulations and/or legislation locally or in your country, or use the information above to start doing some research about where things are headed for the future!
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