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A Persistent Practice
Corporal Punishment
in U.S. Schools

Corporal Punishment Use Found in Schools in 21 States
New federal civil rights data highlight deep racial disparities in physical punishment; black students are hit at twice the rate of white students.
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Is Corporal Punishment an Option in Your State?
Twenty-nine states ban corporal punishment, but rules vary even from district to district. Some schools reported using physical discipline even when their states said no.
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Miss. Man’s Life Upended by 8th Grade Paddling
Research shows corporal punishment can have negative consequences on students, and a lack of training for schools leaves students like Trey Clayton vulnerable to unintended injuries.
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School Paddling Has Deep Roots
Corporal punishment has strong support in many communities, but some districts are beginning to move towards more-nuanced discipline systems.
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Corporal Punishment in Context: An Interview
Watch PBS NewsHour’s segment on Education Week's investigation of corporal punishment in schools. It features Trey Clayton, who was paddled in 8th grade with disastrous consequences, followed by an interview with Sarah D. Sparks, the lead reporter on the project, who discusses key findings.
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Corporal Punishment: Inside the Education Week Analysis
In a new investigation, Education Week found more than 109,000 students experienced physical discipline in 2013-14. Here's how we approached the analysis.
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Sources: Sarah D. Sparks & Alex Harwin | Design: Sumi Bannerjee
Coverage of social and emotional learning is supported in part by a grant from the NoVo Foundation, at www.novofoundation.org. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.

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