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Uinta County Herald, Evanston, Wyoming, 10 September 2019
School board searches for replacement trustee
By Sheila McGuire
EVANSTON -- The Uinta County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees held its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3, when trustees and district administration took a few moments to thank former board member Tammy Walker for her service to the district.
Other action items included revisions of policies pertaining to suspension or expulsion of students and student discipline. The changes were largely the result of legislative changes that required bringing district policies in line with current law, as well as to reflect the fact that the district no longer uses corporal punishment although it was mentioned in the previous policy. The new policy no longer includes corporal punishment as
an element of student discipline.
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Cleveland County Herald, Rison, Arkansas, 11 September 2019
New State Law Leads CCSB To End Corporal Punishment
RISON -- Corporal punishment will no longer be an option for students in the Cleveland County School District after the school board acted on legal advice from the Arkansas School Board Association Monday night to eliminate paddling in light of a new state law.
Meanwhile, the school board heard a proposal from Mainline Health Systems about placing a health center on-campus, and the board also decided to take advantage of an offer to get a new Dodge pickup truck through Rison High School's Future Farmers of America (FFA) program.
Superintendent Craig Dupuy explained to the Cleveland County School Board during its regular monthly meeting Monday night that Act 557, approved by the legislature and signed into law earlier this year, makes teachers, administrators and other school employees subject to civil legal action if corporal punishment (paddling) is used on a student who is regarded as "intellectually disabled."
Dupuy said the issue with the law is what exactly constitutes an "intellectually disabled" student, noting that it could be interpreted as being students who need special education.
The law itself states: "A teacher or administrator in a school district that authorizes use of corporal punishment in the school district's written student disciplinary policy is not immune from civil liability under subdivision (a)(1) of this section if the teacher or administrator uses corporal punishment on a child who is intellectually disabled, non-ambulatory, non-verbal, or autistic."
The law goes on to state that employees and volunteers who administer corporal punishment are "not subject to the protection against civil liability, attorney's fees, and costs of defense."