The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act, H.R. 4247, sponsored by U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), will providefor the first timefederal legislation to reduce or eliminate the inappropriate use of restraints and seclusion in both public schools and private schools served by federal funds. Michael Resnick, NSBA associate executive director, spoke in support of the bill as a balanced approach between federal policy to ensure a safe learning environment for all students and school personnel and the authority and flexibility local school districts need to address unique circumstances. (Watch the press conference, select “click here to watch” in first paragraph and if you fast forward approximately 16 minutes into the presentation, you will see Mike Resnick). Reggie Felton, NSBA’s director of federal relations, worked with the committee staff and other education organizations to ensure legislation acknowledges the role and authority of local school boards.