It is still legal in Texas for teachers and administrators to spank their students with a paddle, but one lawmaker is on a mission to change that.
In Texas, under the current law it is legal for school officials and teachers to “use force within educator-to-student relationships necessary for discipline,” but a Houston state representative, Alma Allen, has filed a measure which would change that. Under the new legislation “no school district employees would be allowed to give students corporal punishment, including hitting, spanking and paddling, as a form of discipline.” According to the Houston Chronicle, Representative Allen, who is a retired teacher and principal, has been trying to eliminate corporal punishment in Texas schools since she joined the Legislature 8 years ago.
During the last legislative session, Allen introduced a measure that was approved by state lawmakers which “gave parents the power to provide a written statement stopping the school district from using force,” when disciplining individual students. But opponents argue that these types of laws “micromanage classrooms” and take away the control of school districts from the local governing authorities. Currently each district is allowed to “use their own discretion to implement corporal punishment.” Texas would be the 32nd state to outlaw the use of corporal punishment in schools. Many of the larger cities in Texas, including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin have eliminated the use of “paddling” as a form of discipline, but many of the smaller districts still allow it.
Do you think teachers and school officials should be allowed to use corporal punishment to discipline students?
How would you react, as a parent, if your child was paddled at school?
Do you think passing legislation of this sort is “micromanaging classrooms”?