Legislation Going to Committee: The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (H.R. 4247) is going to be marked up by the House Education and Labor Committee this Thursday, Feb. 4th. More phone calls to representatives are needed immediately to keep the legislation strong.
To view the markup session live, tomorrow Feb. 4, 2010 at 11 am, go to http://edlabor.house.gov/markups/2010/02/preventing-harmful-restraint-a.shtml
To contact your legislator and members of the House Education and Labor Committee, go to http://congress.org/ to look up email addresses and/or phone numbers of legislators.
Call your Congressional representative to co-sponsor H.R. 4247.
To find out the names of your Representative, visit http://www.congress.org/ and type in your zip code. The names of your Representatives will be located on the left side of the page under President & Congress.Call the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your representative. You can provide them with your zip code if you do not know his or her name.
Identify yourself as a constituent and the organization that you represent (if any).
If you have a restraint and seclusion story, please give them some of the details so they understand why these bills are so important.
Message: “I am calling to urge (your Representative) to cosponsor HR 4247, legislation preventing harmful use of restraint and seclusion in schools. HR 4247 is being marked up this Thursday, and your support can help make sure it passes and remains strong. Currently, seventeen states have no protections whatsoever against the use of harmful restraint and seclusion in schools. HR 4247 would create a basic floor of protection and fund teacher training to protect children and keep our schools safe.”
Thank you for your efforts and please keep up the good work! Nothing About Us, Without Us!