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The Quick Facts
America is the only industrialized nation on Earth that allows corporal punishment in public schools
A prison inmate cannot be hit as a form of discipline in ANY of the 50 states, yet a student can be hit by an educator in 20 19* states.
Paddling students is a legal form of discipline in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Lousiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.
Students with disabilities account for nearly 20% of students paddled. (note: they make up only 14% of our student population nationwide)
In states where paddling students is permitted, student academic performance is diminished. (by comparison to states that prohibit such punishment)
Explanation of "2006*" -- Throughout our website, we cite the most recent statistics available on record according to The U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection. These statistics were reported in 2008 and are figures for the 2006 - 2007 school year.