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Governor Jindal & Parents Praise Senator Donahue's Efforts To Protect Children PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 19 2011 - 7:48 pm

District 11 State Senator Jack Donahue (R-Covington) recently joined Governor Bobby Jindal along with concerned parents and other stakeholders for a special bill signing ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge. The ceremony centered on Senate Bill 59 which requires state education officials to prepare and adopt rules regarding the appropriate use of restraints and seclusion in response to the behavior of students with exceptionalities, limiting and defining the use of such actions in an educational setting.  The new law also requires schools to notify parents of any incident in which restraint or seclusion of their child is used.

LaDDC: Students with Disabilities Protected from the Use of Unnecessary Restraint and Seclusion PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 19 2011 - 7:40 pm

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council
July 18, 2011

Witnesses to Governor Jindal signing Act 328 include Mark, Grace and Mary Elizabeth Christian, Christy Cormier, Amanda Serpas, Shawn Fleming, Rebecca Ellis, Sam Beech and Senator Jack Donahue

The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, LaTEACH, and thousands of parents across  Louisiana are very appreciative of Senator Jack Donahue’s efforts in championing Senate Bill 59 (Act 328 of 2011).  Governor Jindal signed Act 328 to regulate the use of restraint and seclusion for students with disabilities in schools.  Parents said their highest priority was for schools to notify them whenever their child is restrained or secluded.  Many parents testified that they discovered their child was being restrained by someone speaking off the record out in the community or by walking into their child’s classroom or bus and realizing the common practice of strapping their child into a chair.  Act 328 requires school systems to notify parents whenever their child is restrained or placed in seclusion.

In passing Act 328, Louisiana joins 28 other states with policies governing the use of restraint or seclusion in schools and provides Louisiana students with some of the same protections already afforded people in hospitals, nursing homes, community and group homes, mental health facilities, even prisons.  Passage of Act 328 was the result of advocacy efforts by the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council and LaTEACH, the Council’s grassroots advocacy network for education.  The Council and LaTEACH are grateful for the courageous parents who shared their stories with legislators and educated them on the need for change.

Next steps will involve the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) creating rules to align with provisions in Act 328.  Continued advocacy will be needed to educate school systems and parents of how these practices can and cannot be used in schools.

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CityBusiness: Opinion: Those who fight the tide PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 29 2011 - 10:19 pm

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The 2011 regular legislative session came to an end just before the Fourth of July holiday, so it seems an appropriate time to look for and honor a few examples of independent thinking within the Louisiana State Capitol.

Donahue's Amendment Ensures Responsibility In Tax Phase-Out PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 08 2011 - 7:22 pm

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Baton Rouge, LA - After extensive debate and discussion, the Louisiana Senate yesterday passed an amended version of SB259 by Sen. Rob Marionneaux (D-17), which phases out the State's individual and corporate income tax over 10 years - but only after a newly created commission presents lawmakers with feasible spending cuts to balance the reduction in revenue.

Governor Jindal Urges Citizens to “Get a Game Plan” for Start of Hurricane Season PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 01 2011 - 2:44 pm

BATON ROUGE– Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) Director Mark Cooper urged Louisianians to “Get a Game Plan” and get prepared for hurricane season. Forecasters are predicting an above average hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends November 30.


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