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Texas Corporal Punishment in Public Schools Laws

Corporal punishment refers to spanking, paddling, or other forms of physical discipline. Many states have banned corporal punishment in public schools, while several others (including Texas) allow the practice but give parents the opportunity to opt out. In Texas, corporal punishment in public schools is considered lawful unless a parent or legal guardian has opted out with a signed, written statement to the school board.

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

Code Section Educ. Code, Section 37.0011
Punishment Allowed Hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or any other physical force used as a means of discipline
Circumstances Allowable -

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

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