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Bringing psychological science forward to end corporal punishment in schools

APA cosponsored a congressional briefing in support of legislation that would put a federal ban on corporal punishment in school-based settings.

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American Psychological Association. (2021, July 13). Bringing psychological science forward to end corporal punishment in schools. http://www.apaservices.org/advocacy/news/psychological-science-corporal-punishment

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Last month, APA worked with Div. 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice), to cosponsor a congressional briefing in support of the Protecting Our Students in Schools Act (H.R. 3836/S. 2029), which would ban corporal punishment in any school receiving federal funding. APA had previously endorsed the bill, which was introduced by Reps. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Sen. Chris Murphy, (D-CT). During the briefing, Liz Gershoff, PhD, president of Div. 37, presented her extensive research on corporal punishment in schools, highlighting its impact on student well-being and educational attainment. The cosponsors of the legislation offered remarks, with Rep. McEachin specifically thanking APA for its support. 

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