Hastings Introduces Legislation to End Corporal Punishment in Schools

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Washington, D.C., January 23, 2019 | comments

Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after introducing the Ending Corporal Punishment In Schools Act of 2019. The legislation would end corporal punishment in our nation’s schools. Joining Hastings as original co-sponsors include: Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC-At-Large), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Tim Ryan (D-OH) (Please find a copy of the bill attached):
                                                                                                                     
“I am pleased to introduce the Ending Corporal Punishment In Schools Act of 2019, legislation prohibiting any educational institution that allows school personnel to inflict corporal punishment on students from receiving federal funding. Corporal punishment is an outdated, barbaric, and ineffective practice that has no place in our schools today. Still legal in 19 states, more than 100,000 students were physically punished by being hit, slapped, and spanked at school last year. Corporal punishment is disproportionately used as a form of punishment for African American students, male students, and students with disabilities. The time has come to end this practice once and for all. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure the passage of this important legislation to make schools safe places where students can learn free from harm.”

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman-designate of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Dean and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.

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