HBA-JEK H.B. 692 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 692 By: Hochberg Public Education 3/5/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE A number of schools in Texas, including special education schools, use a practice referred to as "seclusion" or "seclusionary time out" to isolate children exhibiting inappropriate behavior. This technique isolates a child in a space away from the rest of his or her class. In the absence of state guidelines, however, seclusionary practices have been used inappropriately in some schools, and incidents of children locked in unlit, unventilated rooms have surfaced. Inappropriate use of seclusion can have detrimental effects on children, especially special education students. House Bill 692 amends the Education Code to prohibit school district and open-enrollment charter schools from secluding students in a room or other confined area by themselves. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 692 amends the Education Code to prohibit school districts and open-enrollment charter schools from placing a student for any period of time in a room or other confined area where the student is alone and is prohibited from leaving. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.