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HB 359 - Corporal Punishment in Public Schools - Texas Key Vote

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Title: Corporal Punishment in Public Schools

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that authorizes schools to use corporal punishment as a method of student discipline unless a student's parent or guardian has submitted a written, signed statement prohibiting the use of corporal punishment, effective September 1, 2011.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes school districts to use corporal punishment as a method of student discipline unless a student's parent or guardian has previously filed a written, signed statement prohibiting the school from using corporal punishment on the student (Sec. 1).
  • Defines "corporal punishment" as the deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or using any kind of physical force as a means of discipline (Sec. 1).
  • Exempts the following from the definition of corporal punishment (Sec. 1):
    • Physical pain resulting from reasonable physical activities associated with athletic training, competition, or physical education; and
    • The use of restraints.
  • Requires each parent or guardian who has submitted a written, signed statement prohibiting the use of corporal punishment to submit separate written, signed statements every year to the Board of Trustees of the school district (Sec. 1).
  • This act is effective September 1, 2011 (Sec. 10).

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Title: Corporal Punishment in Public Schools

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes schools to use corporal punishment as a method of student discipline unless a student's parent or guardian has submitted a written, signed statement prohibiting the use of corporal punishment, effective September 1, 2011.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes school districts to use corporal punishment as a method of student discipline unless a student's parent or guardian has previously filed a written, signed statement prohibiting the school from using corporal punishment on the student (Sec. 1).
  • Defines "corporal punishment" as the deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or using any kind of physical force as a means of discipline (Sec. 1).
  • Exempts the following from the definition of corporal punishment (Sec. 1):
    • Physical pain resulting from reasonable physical activities associated with athletic training, competition, or physical education; and
    • The use of restraints.
  • Requires each parent or guardian who has submitted a written, signed statement prohibiting the use of corporal punishment to submit separate written, signed statements every year to the Board of Trustees of the school district (Sec. 1).
  • This act is effective September 1, 2011 (Sec. 10).

See How Your Politicians Voted

Title: Corporal Punishment in Public Schools

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that grants parents or lawful guardians of a student the right to prohibit a school district from using corporal punishment as a method of student discipline.

Highlights:

  • Defines "corporal punishment" as the deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or any physical force used as a means of discipline (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that in order prohibit the use of corporal punishment as a method of student discipline, the parent or a person who has lawful control over a student must provide a written, signed statement, to the Board of Trustees each school year (Sec. 1).
  • Exempts counties with a population of less than 50,000 from certain provisions mandated in this act (Sec. 1).
  • Declares that this legislation becomes effective immediately if the bill receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to the House and the Senate, or September 1, 2011 if the bill does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect (Sec. 7).

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