Friday, November 25, 2016

Breaking Secretary Of Education Calls For End To Corporal Punishment #corporal punishment

On November 22, 2016, Secretary of Education John King sent a letter to Chief State Education Officers and Governors calling for an end to corporal punishment.

The letter states,  "Corporal punishment has been banned in 28 states and D.C. and has been abandoned by individual districts in many others. Despite that progress, more than 110,000 students across the country were subjected to corporal punishments in 2013-14, according to the latest version of the Department’s Civil Rights Data Collection.

What’s more alarming is that the CRDC shows that corporal punishment is used overwhelmingly on male students and is much more commonly administered to African-American students of all genders. In nearly all of the states where the practice is permitted, students with disabilities were subjected to corporal punishment at a higher rate than students without disabilities." (emphasis added)

You can read the letter here. You can listen to the audio of the press conference here.

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