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February 24, 2017

Corporal punishment policies in La. schools

Public school education has changed over the generations and now prompts questions of how best to discipline children.

Louisiana is one of only 19 other states that still allow corporal punishment where children are paddled for bad-behavior.


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January 18, 2017

Corporal Punishment Continues in U.S. Schools, Despite Its Ineffectiveness

In December 2015, parents Alana Cole-Faber and Xander Faber went public with allegations of corporal punishment at the award-winning Dora Kennedy French Immersion School in Greenbelt, Maryland. They told The Washington Post their son's kindergarten teacher spanked him while his classmates watched on multiple occasions. At least three other families have accounts of corporal punishment at the school that lend support to the claim.


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December 10, 2016

Corporal punishment causes controversy among Louisiana parents

When her family moved to Vernon Parish, Leigh Tuttle started researching kindergarten options. Coming from out of state, Tuttle was shocked to learn her son would be exposed to what she calls an "archaic corporal punishment system."

–The Town Talk

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December 2, 2016

Arkansas Spanks: The Natural State Still Practices Public School Corporal Punishment

The hand, the strap, or the paddle?

Choosing the preferred instrument of pain as well as number of strokes against the bottoms of unruly public school students remains legal in Arkansas, and twenty-one other states.

–Arkansas Public Media

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November 29, 2016

Seriously? Corporal punishment still allowed in some U.S. schools

Do you know that almost half of the country allows physical discipline in schools? Now the U.S. education secretary, John B. King Jr., is on a mission to ban corporal punishment in schools as soon as possible.

–BabyCenter Blog

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November 23, 2016

What States Allow Schools To Use Corporal Punishment? Far Too Many

It seems impossible in 2016 that any school would not only be allowed to use corporal punishment against children, but that any school administrator would choose to hurt a child as a form of discipline. It's not impossible, or even especially unusual. The reality is, 19 states allow schools to use corporal punishment in 2016, and that is 19 states too many.


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November 22, 2016

Education Secretary Calls for an End to Corporal Punishment in Schools

Nearly half the country allows or doesn't explicitly ban physical discipline in schools — a practice the U.S. education secretary wants to abolish immediately.

John B. King Jr. urged governors in a letter Tuesday to eliminate corporate punishment from America's classrooms, blasting it as an outdated disciplinary method "that educators, civil rights advocates, medical professionals, and researchers agree is harmful to students and which the data show us unequivocally disproportionately impacts students of color and students with disabilities."

–NBC News

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