Education – Secretary Calls for End to Corporal Punishment in Schools

On November 22, Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. sent a letter to governors and state education officials urging an end to the use of corporal punishment. “School-sponsored corporal punishment is not only ineffective, it is a harmful practice, and one that disproportionally impacts students of color and students with disabilities,” King wrote. There are 22 states that either expressly permit in-school corporal punishment or where no state law prohibits it. The 15 states that expressly permit corporal punishment are AL, AZ, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, and WY. The seven states where no state law prohibits corporal punishment are CO, ID, IN, KS, MA, NH, and SD. According to the Department of Education’s data, 110,000 students were subjected to some type of physical punishment in school during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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