State laws regulate public education in a number of different ways, including curriculum standards and how schools are funded. While these laws don't vary too much one state to the next, there are some notable differences in some areas. For example, Massachusetts law prohibits teachers and administrators from using corporal punishment in public schools, which has become less common throughout the country. And, like most other states, the Commonwealth allows public schools to set aside a brief period of "quiet reflection" to accommodate both religious and non-religious students. Click on the links below to learn more about Massachusetts education law.