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Corporal Punishment in Texas Public Schools: Data from the U.S. Office of Civil Rights Show Texas Educators Are Making Significant Progress Toward Eliminating a Harmful Disciplinary Practice


by Kerri Prejean, Richard Fossey & Mitzi Trahan ó December 11, 2015

A recent study found that corporal punishment declined in Texas public schools from 2010-2011 to 2014-2015. The percentage of students who attended school in districts that formally prohibit corporal punishment increased from 60% to 66% over four years. Furthermore, through the examination of OCR data for the 2011-2012 academic year, the study found that 72% of Texas students attended school in districts that did not report a single incident of corporal punishment.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 11, 2015
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18836, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:44:29 PM

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  • Kerri Prejean
    University of Louisiana, Lafayette
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    KERRI PREJEAN is a student counselor for the Department of Special Services at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
  • Richard Fossey
    University of Louisiana, Lafayette
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    RICHARD FOSSEY is the Paul Burdin Endowed Professor of Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
  • Mitzi Trahan
    University of Louisiana, Lafayette
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    MITZI TRAHAN is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
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