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The Denver Atheists Meetup Group Message Board Legislation Watch › Anti-Corporal Punishment Bill Introduced

Anti-Corporal Punishment Bill Introduced

Linda R.
Loveland, CO
Post #: 306
News from Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy
New York 4th Congressional District

For Immediate Release,
Monday, June 28, 2010
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Introduces Legislation to End Corporal Punishment in Schools

Washington, DC --On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), will hold a press conference to introduce legislation to eliminate the use of corporal punishment in schools.

Data collected by the U.S. Department of Education‚s Office of Civil Rights shows that over 220,000 students in 20 states, in schools across the country are corporally punished, and studies indicate that corporal punishment in schools has a negative effect on students. Children of color and with disabilities experience corporal punishment at disproportionate rates. This legislation aims to alleviate this and promote positive school cultures and climates.

Additionally data shows there is no evidence that corporal punishment is an effective disciplinary tool or that it results in academic success.

WHAT: Press Conference to discuss introduction of legislation to eliminate the use of corporal punishment in schools

WHO: Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04)
Congressman Bobby Scott (VA- 03)
Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers
Deborah Vagins, American Civil Liberties Union
Other Participants, TBA

WHEN: Tuesday, June 29, 2010
11:00 a.m. EDT
WHERE: House Triangle, Washington, D.C.

LINDA ROSA HERE: Colorado has 20 public school districts that permit corporal punishment. Undoubtedly many religious schools allow it. Let me know if you would be interested in attention the next Cherry Creek School Board meeting (August 10, 2009, 7pm: Antelope Ridge Elementary School) to address their policy that allows CP.
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