Lakeidra Chavis is a former reporting fellow for ProPublica Illinois. She came to ProPublica from Chicago Public Media (WBEZ). She was a producer for WBEZ’s News Desk, helping produce “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” Outside of production, she explored untold stories in the city, including an in-depth piece on how Chicago’s black communities have been impacted by the opioid crisis. Before coming to the big city, Lakeidra worked as a reporter in rural Alaska. While there, she covered issues around police misconduct, climate change and financial corruption. Lakeidra has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Schools Aren’t Supposed to Forcibly Restrain Children as Punishment. In Illinois, It Happened Repeatedly.
As Illinois moves to restrict the use of physical restraint in schools, records show the practice was often misused, leaving students and staff injured.
We created the first-ever database of thousands of incidents of restraint and seclusion in Illinois.
The changes to a ban on restraints came after some schools said they could no longer serve children.
The state board of education said it will refer school workers to law enforcement if they are suspected of committing crimes against children as the emergency ban on seclusion in Illinois public schools goes into effect.
A day after our reporting, Illinois ended isolated seclusion of children in schools across the state. What happened? Children’s voices were heard.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker called the practice of secluding children “appalling” and said he will work with legislators to end it.
Children are being locked away, alone and terrified, in schools across Illinois. Often, it’s against the law.
We created the first-ever database of thousands of incidents of seclusion in Illinois.
The Federal Government Collects Data on How Often Schools Seclude Children. The Numbers Don’t Add Up.
Even though school districts are required to report their use of seclusion and restraint to the U.S. Department of Education, it can be difficult for parents to see the full picture.
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