TX House OKs corporal punishment limits

Jerome Frazier, of Boston, holds up a belt as he testifies in favor of a bill that would prohibit parents from using corporal punishment to discipline their children during a legislative committee hearing at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

May 12, 2011 1:30:57 PM PDT
The Texas House has passed a bill to require schools to get parental permission before applying corporal punishment, a day after defeating the measure. The bill by Democratic state Rep. Alma Allen requires schools to contact parents before using any kind of physical punishment.

Under current law, school districts can each set their own rules and procedures for corporal punishment. Allen said her bill would set statewide standards.

Republicans defeated the bill on a 69-73 vote Wednesday, arguing it infringed on the autonomy of school districts.

But it passed 87-56 on Thursday, after lengthy debate.

Some representatives who opposed the measure sung the praises of school spankings to straighten out problem students. Those supporting it said parents should be the ones to decide how their kids are punished.