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10/20/05-Tyler

Tyler ISD Discusses Corporal Punishment

The topic of "Corporal punishment" was on the agenda at the Tyler ISD Board Meeting tonight, otherwise known as paddling. Tonight, the school board discussed revisions to the policy. One revision is to only allow principals to administer corporal punishment and decide what instrument can be used. Before, the principal could designate someone, and one new requirement, at the beginning of the school year, parents must sign a paper approving, corporal punishment to be used on their child. Currently, parents have to tell the school not to use corporal punishment, and before it can be be done, parents must be contacted by phone. Board member Kristen Baldwin says the revsions do not go far enough.

"Is it worth it to follow this to keep this in our district for a handful of principals that want to use it," said Baldwin. "Is it worth the liability and my heart tells me that we can administer much more affective disciplinary action. We can do better as a district." Other board members say they are happy with the policy changes. They say it should be the principal's decision to use corporal punishment in their school. Tonight, the school board discussed the policy changes. They will vote on any changes at the next meeting.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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