7 States Make Up 80% of School Corporal Punishment in US

January 19, 2016

A new study has shown that just seven states in the Southern US make up 80% of in-school corporal punishment for the entire United States.

Data from the Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division was used by researcher Dick Startz, an economics professor at UC Santa Barbara, for the study.

While 31 states currently do not allow such corporal punishment within their public school systems, 19 states do, although not many of them appear to make use of it, according to study results. In all, 7 states were found to use corporal punishment the most: Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.


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