Physical restraint

Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a measure outlawing corporal punishment in New York’s private schools. Corporal punishment has been prohibited in the state’s public schools since 1985.

Earlier this year, a New York Times investigation found corporal punishment was being used in some of the private Hasidic-run schools located throughout Brooklyn and the lower Hudson Valley. Also earlier this year, a Times Union investigation found some 1,600 substantiated cases (and 18,000 complaints) of corporal punishment in New York public schools despite the ban.

Additionally, an even earlier Times Union investigation found that staff at New York schools serving children with disabilities “intentionally misused physical restraints on students.”

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