Does Your Member Of Congress Support Violence Against Children In Schools?
In the United States the beating of a child by a teacher or school administrator begins every 30 seconds. 19 states still allow teachers and administrators to become physically violent against students. The euphemism they use for teacher-orchestrated violence against students is “corporal punishment”. Hundreds of thousands of American public school students suffer from this practice every year.
Yesterday, U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings introduced H.R. 2268, the Ending Corporal Punishment In Schools Act. The legislation would prohibit any school that has a policy allowing corporal punishment from receiving federal funds. The bill also requires state governments to certify that they have taken action to eliminate corporal punishment in their schools. States will lose federal education funding if they fail to comply.
The U.S. Representatives who have cosponsored the Ending Corporal Punishment In Schools Act are Tony Cardenas, Raul Grijalva, David Loebsack, Jerry McNerney, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Bill Pascrell, Chellie Pingree, Jared Polis, Charles Rangel, Bobby Scott, Louise Slaughter. All of them are Democrats. However, they represent only 6 percent of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
If you are not represented by one of the above members of the U.S. House of Representatives, contact the office of your member of Congress through the switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask why your U.S. Representative isn’t willing to support H.R. 2268, to stand against violence against children in schools.