Bill Could Ban Corporal Punishment

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Designer Marc Ecko is pressing his support for legislation to ban corporal punishment in Texas schools.

Texas is one of only 20 states left in the country that allows paddling students as a form of discipline.
Ecko last week launched a campaign to eliminate corporal punishment across the nation. His website,, urges legislators to get rid of corporal punishment in those 20
states because it creates a hostile learning environment.
Ecko testified before the House Public Education Committee that Texas legislators should take a leadership role in reforming punishment in public education across the nation.

Houston Democratic Rep. Alma Allen is carrying the bill in the House and said she considers corporal punishment to be child abuse with far-reaching effects for Texas.