corporal punishment

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Education Secretary John King addressed a letter to school administrators around the country Monday urging them to abandon corporal punishment of students. 

Education Secretary John King is urging governors and school leaders in states that allow student paddling to end a practice he says would be considered "criminal assault or battery" against an adult.

For a lot of parents, spanking your kids isn't an option. But not too long ago, many a child's bottom met the occasional switch. And while attitudes about corporal punishment have changed, it's still a provocative issue — one NBC is taking on in The Slap, a new miniseries that premiers Thursday.

Study: Florida Schools Should End Corporal Punishment

Jan 26, 2015
Sarah Gonzalez / StateImpact Florida
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Florida is on a shrinking list of states that still allow corporal punishment in schools.

Education Week’s Alyssa Morones looked at how states are grappling with corporal punishment: