Bipartisan Bill on Classroom Violence Passes Iowa Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa - A bipartisan bill that would help Iowa’s teachers manage violent classroom behavior is now moving to a House chamber.

The Senate unanimously voted yesterday to pass legislation to create protections for teachers when students become violent in the classroom.

Democrats say they’re concerned one-point-five-million dollars in funding is not enough, although they failed to pass an amendment to increase it.

Republican Senator Amy Sinclair is the bill's sponsor. The measure would provide more standards, guidelines and protections for teachers when students lash out in violence.

The bill would also limit the use of a process to calm a student having a violent outbreak by clearing all students from the classroom. In addition, it would create a grant program for "therapeutic classrooms," which would give an alternative setting for troubled

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