Thursday, July 16, 2009

OH: New budget includes ban on Corporal Punishment

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Reginald Fields
Plain Dealer Bureau Chief

Look deep enough in the 3,500-page budget bill and you will also find a hodge-podge of items that don't seem to have an obvious connection to the state's bottom line: things that involve studying fish, smoking in prisons and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Slipping these items into the all-important budget bill puts them on a fast track, avoiding the sometimes slow and contentious Statehouse law-making process.

As Gov. Ted Strickland readies his pen to strike out a few items before signing off on the rest of the $51 billion, two-year budget, he will find a few of those well-meaning but seemingly out-of-place issues awaiting his review.

From Page 2:

Corporal punishment:

Paddling and other forms of corporal punishment in public schools is out. This was a Strickland idea that survived largely unscathed through the budget process.

At least 29 other states already ban corporal punishment in schools but similar bills in recent years in Ohio have died in legislative committee rooms.

The truth is, most Ohio schools no longer use paddling to control students, but a few still do - at least until the governor swats the punishment away by signing the budget bill.

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