Following an April subcommittee hearing on corporal punishment at which NASSP President Jana Frieler testified, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) today introduced the Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act.

The legislation would require any state or district receiving federal funding to have a policy in place that prohibits school personnel from inflicting corporal punishment upon a student as a form of punishment or for the purpose of modifying undesirable behavior. The bill would also authorize a grant program for states and districts to implement schoolwide positive behavior support approaches.

“The National Association of Secondary School Principals has a long history of supporting the personalization of the school environment and student learning,” said NASSP President Frieler who is the principal of Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado. “We believe that school climate must be one that never tolerates violence but instead focuses on each student’s success and how the school can foster a proactive approach to discipline. For this reason, we are proud to support the Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act and will work with Congress to ensure this important legislation is enacted into law.”

NASSP first affirmed its opposition to the practice of corporal punishment in schools in a board position statement approved in 2004: www.nassp.org. Although corporal punishment is no longer tolerated in the military, prisons, or mental institutions, 21 states still allow corporal punishment in full or in part according to the U.S. Department of Education.

To view an archived webcast of the subcommittee hearing on corporal punishment, go to: edlabor.house.gov.

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