Corporal punishment staying at TISD

Spanking is staying in one East Texas school district.

Tyler ISD board members voted last night to keep their corporal punishment policy in place. The policy states parents must approve of the use of corporal punishment before being used on their child.

Meanwhile, a survey released by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union using U.S. Education Department data shows racial disparity persists despite the decline of paddling.

The report said African-Americans were 1.4 times more likely to be punished than white students, even though their alleged transgressions were not disproportionately higher.

And, in Texas, 18.4% of those physically punished were special education students.

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