Spanking in school may seem like a relic of the past, but every day hundreds of students â€” from preschoolers to high school seniors â€” are still being paddled by teachers and principals.
In parts of America, getting spanked at school with a wooden or fiberglass board is just part of being a misbehaving student.
"I been getting them since about first grade," says Lucas Mixon, now a junior at Holmes County High School in Bonifay, Fla. "It's just regular. They tell you to put your hands up on the desk and how many swats you're going to get."
Earlier this month,Â an investigation by StateImpact FloridaÂ and theÂ Miami HeraldÂ revealed that most Florida charter schools are not enrolling students with severe disabilities, like autism or cerebralÂ palsy.
This month,Â an investigation by StateImpact FloridaÂ revealed that more than 86% of Florida charter schools donâ€™t serve a single student with a severe disability, compared to half of traditional public schools.
State education officials say no school is required to take every student with every disability. But lawyers are divided on whether charter schools can legally turn kidsÂ away.
No one person decides where a student with disabilities can go to school.
Itâ€™s been a rough week for anthropologists with Gov. Rick Scott singling out the field as an inefficient use of higher education budgets.
Why should taxpayers foot the education bill for an anthropologist who canâ€™t find a job? Scott asked a business group last week. Colleges should â€śdriveâ€ť students into science, technology, engineering or math â€” known asÂ STEMÂ â€” programs, heÂ said.
Every school district in Florida is dealing with layoffs and budget cuts. But Broward County in South Florida is facing the largest budget deficit in the stateâ€”more than $140 million. And its forced teachers and students in the nationâ€™s 6th largest school district to get creative about spendingÂ money.
Students at South Broward High in Hollywood waited in the rain during the first week of school to get inside what used to be the video production classroom. Only, the video production program was cut last schoolÂ year.
The Obama administration on Thursday said it would review the deportation cases of 300,000 illegal immigrants. The administration wants to put high priority on removing convicted criminals, and low priority on cases that involve people who pose no security threat.
That might make a big difference for thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
Fifty years ago, North Miami Senior High School students lived in neighborhoods where most kept their doors unlocked at night. They say they felt safe riding their bicycles throughout town â€“ some streets werenâ€™t even paved. Today, many students at the school say they donâ€™t feel safe in their school or their neighborhoods.
North Miami Senior Highâ€™s demographics have also changed. In 1960, the segregated school was all white. Today, most students are of Haitian descent. According to the school, 31 out of 2,700 students are white.