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Florida Corporal Punishment in Public Schools Laws

Corporal punishment refers to spanking, paddling, or other forms of physical discipline. While many states have banned corporal punishment in public schools, Florida allows the practice. A Florida parent must give approval in principle before any paddling is used and must be carried out in the presence of another informed adult.  

Learn more about Florida corporal punishment in public schools laws in the table below. See FindLaw's School Discipline section for more information.

Code Section 1003.32
Punishment Allowed Corporal punishment allowed, subject to prescribed procedures.
Circumstances Allowable Must have approval in principle by the principal before it is used; presence of another informed adult; and that an explanation is provided to parents.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Florida education attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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