Model State Board of Education Resolution on Banning
RESOLUTION ON - CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
I RECOMMEND that the State Board of Education ADOPT the following Resolution:
WHEREAS corporal punishment is defined as punishment inflicted to the body of a child as a penalty for disapproved behavior; and
WHEREAS many persons feel corporal punishment should not be used in public schools; and
WHEREAS it is recognized that in order to provide safe environments, persons employed as teachers, principals or other administrators in a school and nonlicensed and noncertificated school employees and bus drivers may, within the scope of their employment, use and apply force or restraint as is reasonable and necessary to quell a disturbance threatening physical injury to others, to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects upon the person or within the control of the pupil, for the purpose of self-defense, or for the protection of persons and property; and
WHEREAS force or restraint should not be used in public schools except for reasons listed above; and
WHEREAS there are numerous alternative methods of maintaining effective discipline which can be used in lieu of corporal punishment: Therefore Be It
RESOLVED, That this Board be, and it hereby is, opposed to corporal punishment; and Be It
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Superintendent of Public Instruction be, and hereby is, directed to share a copy of this resolution with the schools of Ohio, the Governor, and members of the General Assembly with a request that appropriate legislation be enacted which is consistent with this resolution, and Be It
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the State Department of Education shall provide any assistance which may be necessary in order to enable this resolution to be implemented in all school districts in the state of Ohio.
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I certify that the above is a true and correct copy of the action taken by the State Board of Education at its meeting on October 14, 2008.
October 14, 2008
Susan Tave Zelman