Public schools will no longer be permitted to physically punish children with developmental disabilities after a measure was signed into law by Governor Edwards.
Senate Education Chairman Blade Morrish says there weren’t any school districts that pushed back against this legislation.
“I think it gives some protections both to the administration and certainly to those students.”
38 of the 69 public school districts in Louisiana permit corporal punishment, like paddling or spanking. Morrish says this allows the administration to take a step back and realize certain students are not allowed to receive corporal punishments.
“We have virtually no push back from any of the districts that didn’t have it, I don’t think that it was an issue that they wanted to have it, they just didn’t adopt the policy.”
There was also a push during the legislative session to ban corporal punishment in public schools for all students. Morrish says that bill never made it to his committee but he’s interested in hearing more about it.
“I’d like to hear a little bit more of the debate because I’m not on the front line like teachers are so I’d certainly like to hear from them as they weigh in.”