The Protecting Our Students in Schools Act, recently reintroduced by Representatives McEachin (D-VA) and Bonamici (D-OR) and Senator Murphy (D-CT), bans the use of corporal punishment in schools receiving federal funds and provides resources for schools and districts to implement practices that we know contribute to a learning environment designed to help students thrive. The bill will also create a grant program to incentivize states and school districts to improve school climate.
Corporal punishment has disproportionate effects on students of color and students with disabilities. For example, Black girls are three times more likely to receive corporal punishment than their peers.
“Our goal is not to replace one punishment with another. Rather, high expectations of all students, effective communication with students and families, and use of social and emotional learning supports provide opportunities for students and adults to grow through the development of social skills and problem-solving strategies.”