Is corporal punishment permitted?

School Discipline

Is corporal punishment permitted?

August 2018


Alabama Yes. Local decision. Ala. Code § 16-28A-1
Alaska No. Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, 07.010
Arizona Yes. Local decision. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-843
Arkansas Yes. Local decision. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-503
California No. Cal. Educ. Code § 49000
Cal. Educ. Code § 49001
Cal. Educ. Code § 44807
Colorado Yes. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-32-109.1
Connecticut Not specified in statute or regulation.
Delaware No. Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 702
District of Columbia No. D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 5-E, § 2401
Florida Yes. Local decision. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1002.20
Georgia Yes. Local decision. Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-730
Hawaii No. Haw. Rev. Stat. § 302A-1141
Idaho Not specified in statute or regulation.
Illinois No. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/24-24
Indiana Not specified in statute or regulation.
Iowa No. Iowa Code Ann. § 280.21
Kansas Not specified in statute or regulation.
Kentucky Yes. Local decision. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.444
Louisiana Yes. Local decision. La. Rev. Stat. Ann. 17:416.1
La. Rev. Stat. Ann. 17:223
Maine Yes. Use of force for disciplinary purposes permitted. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 17-A, § 106
Maryland No. Md. Code Ann., Educ. § 7-306
Md. Code Regs. 13A.08.01.11
Massachusetts No. Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. 71 § 37G
Michigan No. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1312
Minnesota No. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.58
Mississippi Yes. Miss. Code Ann. § 37-11-57
Missouri Yes. Local decision. Mo. Ann. Stat. § 160.261
Montana No. Mont. Code Ann. § 20-4-302
Nebraska No. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 79-295
Nevada No. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 392.4633
New Hampshire Yes. Use of force for disciplinary purposes permitted. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 627:6
New Jersey No. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:6-1
New Mexico No. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-5-4.3
New York No. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 19.5
North Carolina Yes. Local decision. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-390.4
North Dakota No. N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-19-02
Ohio No. Ohio Admin. Code 3301-35-15
Oklahoma Yes. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 13-116
Oregon No. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 339.250
Pennsylvania No. 22 Pa. Code § 12.5
Rhode Island No. R.I. Code R. 21-2-39:3.0
South Carolina Yes. Local decision. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-63-260
South Dakota Yes. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-32-2
Tennessee Yes. Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-4103
Texas Yes. Local decision. Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 37.0011
Utah No. Utah Code Ann. § 53G-8-302
Vermont No. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 1161a
Virginia No. Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-279.1
Washington No. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.150.300
West Virginia No. W. Va. Code Ann. § 18A-5-1
Wisconsin No. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.31
Wyoming Yes. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-4-308

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