Bill proposed to allow video cameras in special education classrooms upon request

Bill proposed to allow video cameras in special education classrooms upon request

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - A bill that would allow cameras in special education classrooms if requested by a parent, guardian or even school staff member will head to committee this week.

Rep. Jim Sorvillo, R-Little Rock filed the bill in December and on Feb 7th, the House Education Committee will discuss it.

Sorvillo said if House Bill 1019 is approved, a parent of a special education student could request to have a video placed in a self-contained classroom.

This means children who spend 60 percent of their time or more in the classroom and if the parent felt there was an issue, a review process could occur.

Sorvillo said a couple of incidents were brought to his attention about issues that involved non-verbal children in a self-contained classroom that needed to be corrected.

“In one case, we had seen a child that was hit and drug across the room, and strapped down and citizens and parents do not want that type of activity," Sorvillo said. "We think it also gives a good coverage for our teachers.”

Sorvillo also said the bill would send a message to parents that we are looking out for our children and the video cameras would protect schools, teachers and children from liability.

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