As the quality of the American education system continues it’s rapid decline, Education Secretary John B. King Jr. is more concerned with forms discipline used in various schools throughout the country.
Secretary King released a letter Tuesday urging governors and school leaders in states, like North Carolina, that allow student paddling to end a practice he said would be considered “criminal assault or battery” against an adult.
King claimed, citing the Education Department’s Civil Rights Data Collection, that more than 110,000 students were subjected to paddling or a similar punishment in the 2013-14 school year, including disproportionate numbers of black and disabled students.
North Carolina, one of 22 states in which “corporal punishment” is legal, allows local boards of education to ultimately determine the punishment methods they allow.
The State Board of Education passed a resolution in 2013 opposing the practice, but the resolution does not trump state law, which still allows it.