To end the use of corporal punishment in schools, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following: (1) Behavioral interventions for children must promote the right of all children to be treated with dignity. All children have the right to be free from any corporal punishment. (2) Safe, effective, evidence-based strategies are available to support children who display challenging behaviors in school settings. (3) School personnel have the right to work in a safe environment and should be provided training and support to prevent injury and trauma to themselves and others. (4) According to the Department of Education's Technical Assistance Center on School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, outcomes associated with school-wide positive behavior support are decreased office discipline referrals, increased instructional time, decreased administrator time spent on discipline issues, efficient and effective use of scarce resources, and increased perception of school safety and sustainability through a team approach. (5) Nineteen States continue to permit corporal punishment in public schools. (6) According to Department of Education statistics, each year in the United States, hundreds of thousands of school children are subjected to corporal punishment in public schools. School corporal punishment is usually executed in the form of ``paddling'', or striking students with a wooden paddle on their buttocks...