Texas will require schools to videotape classrooms with special-ed students, if a parent or teacher requests it.
The law applies to any self-contained classroom in which at least half the students receive special-ed services for at least half the day, reports NPR.
Last year, an NBC-5 investigation exposed “calm rooms” — padded closets — at some North Texas schools.
Some of these rooms had cameras. In one cringe-worthy video recording, a teacher forced an 8-year-old boy with autism inside a room, forced him to the floor and held the door shut despite his protests.
Parents protested. State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Texas, sponsored legislation to “give a voice to someone who could not speak up when they were abused at school.” He says videotaping also will protect teachers from false accusations.
It’s not clear how many cameras will be required or how much it will cost to record and store footage.
If one parent requests camera, other students’ parents can’t block the videotaping.