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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Corporal Punishment use in Tennessee schools being investigated
The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury says he will investigate the use of corporal punishment against students with disabilities in Tennessee public schools. Two state senators, Dolores Gresham, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, and Rusty Crowe, chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, sent a letter earlier this week to Comptroller Justin Wilson requesting an investigation. "It has come to our attention that there is a disparity in the numbers of children with disabilities and children without disabilities with regards to disciplinary action including corporate punishment in Tennessee schools," the senators say. "It appears that children with disabilities are receiving disciplinary action including corporal punishment at a much higher rate," they argue. Tennessee is one of 22 states where corporal punishment is allowed, however public school districts decide whether or not to use corporal punishment. A ccording to state law, any teacher or school principal may use corporal punishment in a reasonable manner against any student to maintain discipline and order. So does the Cocke County School system use corporal punishment? Casey Kelly is Assistant Director of Schools for Cocke County said corporal punishment is used in local schools but it must follow protocol including the presence of a witness. It is not used frequently as a behavior modification because it is a last resort and the system prefers other forms of behavior modification.


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