TN Passes Bill To Ban Spanking Of Disabled Students
The Tennessee Legislature has passed a bill that bans the spanking of disabled children at public schools.
The bill passed in the Senate Tuesday by a vote of 28-0. It cleared the House earlier this month.
If signed into law, the measure would bar school officials from using corporal punishment on kids with disabilities, unless their parents give written approval.
A report released last month by the state comptroller's office found that disabled children in Tennessee schools were getting spanked at a higher rate than other children in recent years.
Earlier this month, the state Legislature passed a bill that would require public schools in Tennessee to report to the state Department of Education on their use of corporal punishment.