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From the ECS State Policy Database
School Safety--Corporal Punishment


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State Status/Date Level Summary
TNSigned into law 04/2012P-12School Bus Safety
H.B. 2789
Regulates student conduct on school buses. Permits school personnel, including school bus drivers, to use reasonable force, subject to certain restrictions, in maintaining discipline.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/HB2789.pdf...

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ARAdopted 02/2012P-12School District Student Discipline and School Safety Policies
AR ADC 005.15.17-1.00 to AR ADC 005.15.17-6.00
Sets forth guidelines to assist school districts with developing, reviewing and revising student discipline and school safety policies. Requires that parents, students and school district personnel be involved in the development of district student discipline ...

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NCSigned into law 06/2011P-12Requires Involvement of Parent/Guardian Before Corporal Punishment Administered
S.B. 498
Provides that corporal punishment will not be administered on a student whose parent or guardian has stated in writing that corporal punishment must not be administered to that student. Provides that parents/guardians must be given a form to make such an elect...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Student Discipline, Including Corporal Punishment
H.B. 359
Defines corporal punishment. Provides that if a district board of trustees adopts a policy permitting corporal punishment, a district educator may use corporal punishment as a form of discipline unless the student's parent has previously provided a written, si...

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NCSigned into law 06/2011P-12Reorganizes and Clarifies Provisions Relating to School Discipline
H.B. 736
Clarifies the definitions of the following terms: alternative education services; corporal punishment; educational property; explusion; firearm; long-term suspension; parent; destructive device; principal; school official; school personnel; short-term suspensi...

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NMSigned into law 03/2011P-12Corporal Punishment Ban
H.B. 172
Prohibits the use of corporal punishment by each local school board and each governing body of a charter school.
http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/11%20Regular/final/HB0172.pdf...

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NCSigned into law 07/2010P-12Corporal Punishment/Students With Disabilities
HB 1682
Prohibits schools from administering corporal punishment on a student with a disability whose parent or guardian has stated in writing that corporal punishment will not be administered on that student. Requires schools to provide to the parents or guardians a ...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Corporal Punishment Prohibited
H.B. 1 - Section 3319.41
From DOE summary of H.B. 1: Prohibits corporal punishment in school districts, educational service centers, community schools (charter schools) and STEM schools. Pages 1389-1391 of 3120: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText128/128_HB_1_EN_N.pdf
DOE summ...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Statewide Education Management Information System
H.B. 1 - Section 3301.0714
Amends types of data that must be maintained in the education management information system (EMIS http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEPrimary.aspx?page=2&TopicRelationID=1281). Adds that EMIS must include data on achievement levels on college ...

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FLSigned into law 05/2009P-12Zero-Tolerance Policies/Corporal Punishment
S.B. 1540
Relates to zero-tolerance policies and schools; requires a district school board having a policy authorizing the use of corporal punishment to review its policy once every 3 years during a district school board meeting and to take public testimony at the board...

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NDSigned into law 04/2009P-12Consistent Disciplinary Policies
S.B. 2289
Provides for consistent policies regarding corporal punishment. Prohibits a school board from expanding through policy the definition of corporal punishment beyond that provided by this subsection. (The subsection allows for reasonable force but prohibits corp...

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NDSigned into law 03/2009P-12Consistent Disciplinary Policies
S.B. 2289
Provides for consistent policies regarding corporal punishment. Prohibits a school board from expanding through policy the definition of
corporal punishment beyond that provided by this subsection. (The subsection allows for reasonable force but prohibits corp...

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ILAdopted 03/2008P-12Special Education Facilities
23 IAC 401.10, .30, .210
Emergency rule (expires 8-18-08) includes a new provision expressly prohibiting the "use of a behavioral intervention strategy relying upon pain as an intentional
method of control" by any program operated at a facility serving students with disabilities. Requ...

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NHSigned into law 06/2001P-12Justification for Use of Force
H.B. 594
Establishes a committee to study the law on justification for the use of physical force and its implications for teachers or other persons entrusted with the care and supervision of minors in settings such as schools or child care centers....

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TXBecame law without governor's signature 05/2001P-12Restraint and Time Out
S.B. 1196
Requires the commissioner to adopt procedures for the use of restraint and time-out by a school district employee or volunteer or an independent contractor of a district in the case of a student receiving special education services. Prohibits putting students...

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WVSigned into law 05/2001P-12Cannot Suspend for Truancy
S.B. 439
Prohibits suspension as discipline for failure to attend class; stipulates other methods of discipline may be used for the pupil which may include, but are not limited to, detention, extra class time or alternative class settings; abolishes corporal punishment...

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VASigned into law 03/2001P-12Corporal Punishment
H.B. 1866
Relates to child protective services and corporal punishment by school personnel; clarifies within the child abuse and neglect statute that teachers, principals or other persons employed by a school board or employed in a school operated by the Commonwealth ar...

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VASigned into law 03/2000P-12Reasonable Force
H.B. 1229
Provides that the offenses of a simple assault and assault and battery do not include the use of, by any teacher, principal or other person employed by a school board or employed in a school, incidental, minor or reasonable physical contact or other actions de...

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