Corporal Punishment Renaissance in Texas?

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 in Legislation, list, School Behavior, Special Education | Comments Off on Corporal Punishment Renaissance in Texas?

Ah, remember the good ole’ days when schools could swat a misbehaving’ pupil? Me neither. But apparently one town in Texas, Temple, was reminiscing and returned to using corporal punishment.

Corporal Punishment

According to a Washington Post article published today, corporal punishment remains legal in 20 states even thought there is a national push to remove it from schools. So why am I writing about this issue here, it’s simple:

A joint American Civil Liberties Union-Human Rights Watch report last year found that students with disabilities were disproportionately subjected to corporal punishment, sometimes in direct response to behavioral problems that were a result of their disabilities.

This is part of the reason why the fed are finally talking about legislation to prevent restraint and seclusion in schools, a topic I have covered again recently. The Washington Post article quoted above reports that, “Nearly a quarter of the estimated 225,000 students who received corporal punishment nationwide in 2006, the latest figures available, were from the Lone Star State”. Insane!

So, What Can Be Done?

  1. Get educated. Read the CCBD policy paper on Restraint and Seclusion that was introduced as part of a hearing on restraint and seclusion in May 2009. It includes information and suggestions to help you and your school look for alternative to aversive practices.
  2. Talk to your legislative representative. CEC’s Legislative Action Center allows you to enter your zip code to find your representative. 
  3. Read up on H.R. 4247: Keeping All Students Safe Act. This piece of legislation was introduced on December 9th, 2009 and passed the House on March 3rd, 2010. Now on to the Senate.

If you want to read some of my blogs on this topic, please see:

Next week I’ll be blogging from the CEC conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Stay Tuned.

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