Education Secretary King calls for end to paddling students

FILE - In this July 19, 2016, file photo, Education Secretary John B. King, Jr., speaks on a panel with first lady Michelle Obama to college-bound students participating in the Reach Higher initiative's third annual Beating the Odds event in the East Room of the White House in Washington. King is urging governors and school leaders in states where student paddling is allowed to end a practice he said would be considered “criminal assault or battery” against an adult. King released a letter Nov. 22, 2016, asking leaders to replace corporal punishment with less punitive, more supportive disciplinary practices that he said work better against bad behavior. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Education Secretary John B. King Jr. is urging governors and school leaders in states that allow student paddling to end a practice he said would be considered “criminal assault or battery” against an adult.

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