Corporal Punishment Down in Kentucky
State figures show corporal punishment is being used less often as a disciplinary method in Kentucky public schools.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that according to the Kentucky Department of Education, there were 574 incidents of corporal punishment, or paddling, in public schools last year. That compares to 3,075 incidents in 2005.
Each of the state's 173 school districts are allowed to decide whether to use corporal punishment.