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Florida Lawmakers Pushing to Restrict Corporal Punishment in Schools

The new law would require schools to get parent permission at the start of the school year.

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Lawmakers in the Florida House said on Wednesday they didn鈥檛 know public school officials could still use corporal punishment to discipline students. That practice, which is in use in nearly a third of school districts, could be restricted under a proposal that鈥檚 getting bipartisan support this legislative session.

Short of banning school officials from paddling or hitting kids, the proposal from Palm Beach Democrat Rep. Katherine Waldron would require schools that use corporal punishment to get permission to do so from parents at the beginning of the school year.

Principals would be barred from hitting kids whose parents don鈥檛 opt in or fill out a permission slip. The bill gained unanimous approval in its first committee stop. The identical Senate version has not been heard.

鈥淢any people probably did think that it was already banned. I didn鈥檛 know it was a district-by-district thing. 鈥 I can tell you that if it were me and my kid came home and told me that they mouthed off to the teacher and as a result of mouthing off to the teacher some principal took a piece of wood to them; Me and that principal would have issues,鈥 said Democratic Rep. Christopher Benjamin of Miami-Dade County. 鈥淭his bill doesn鈥檛 go far enough. It should be outright banned.鈥

The measure also bans using physical force on students with students with disabilities and homeless students. Charter schools, which are public schools in Florida, would have to comply with corporal punishment restrictions.

Florida isn鈥檛 alone in the use of corporal punishments against students. While the practice is most common in southern states, only 27 states have , according to the latest analysis from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Source: Florida Department of Education (Jackie Llanos/Florida Phoenix)

Over the past decade, school districts have lessened their use of corporal punishment, but that doesn鈥檛 mean it鈥檚 uncommon. In the previous school year, 18 districts reported 509 instances in which officials used physical force to discipline students, according to the Florida Department of Education. When and how the students can be hit is largely left up to principals. Only principals, not teachers, would be allowed to hit the kids under the proposal.

Reported instances of corporal punishment are concentrated in northern Florida counties such as Suwannee, Holmes, Columbia and Calhoun.

鈥楥apricious and arbitrary treatment鈥

Although the bill garnered bipartisan support, some House Republicans in the Education Quality Subcommittee said they disfavored a restriction against corporal punishment for students with individual education plans, which demonstrate that a student has different needs or could have a disability. Pasco Rep. Brad Yeager said his son had an IEP but that it didn鈥檛 affect his behavior. He also asked if Waldron would consider changing the bill so that parents have to indicate they don鈥檛 want principals to paddle their kids.

Waldron said the IEP provision protects students with disabilities who may not be able to control their behavior. In the 2020-2021 school year, school officials reported hitting 200 students with disabilities, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

The line of questioning from Marion Republican Rep. Ryan Chamberlin about whether misbehavior had gone up in counties that didn鈥檛 use corporal punishment irked fellow Republican Rep. Mike Beltran of Hillsborough and Manatee. Beltran is one of the GOP sponsors of the bill.

鈥淭he subtext to some of the questioning was that somehow we were being lenient, or excessively lenient to children, or that there was some problem in society that arose today that we need to preserve, or expand, or continue to use corporal punishment. I haven鈥檛 been lenient at all,鈥 Beltran said.

He also said that corporal punishment should be banned completely. The Legislature attempted to do so not too long ago. In 2019, then Sen. Annettee Taddeo sponsored a bill .

He continued: 鈥淚 could get sentenced by a judge, and they鈥檙e still not going to paddle me. Yet some principal and some teacher, basically, can decide to discipline the child. It makes absolutely no sense. It鈥檚 completely susceptible to capricious and arbitrary treatment.鈥

Chamberlin responded that he asked those questions because he was curious about Florida鈥檚 use of corporal punishment.

鈥淚t鈥檚 not about necessarily personal preference. It鈥檚 understanding what鈥檚 in the best interest of the children and how they can grow and learn,鈥 he said.

Waldron gave credit to a group of University of Florida students who pushed lawmakers to take up the issue.

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