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H.R. 8460 (116th): Protecting our Students in Schools Act of 2020

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About the bill

Is it past time to end this practice nationwide?


Corporal punishment, or physical discipline including hitting and spanking, is banned in schools by at least 128 countries. The U.S. is not one of them.

As of 2018, 19 U.S. states allowed the practice in public schools. The states were primarily red states in the south and midwest, although they also included such states as Arizona and Colorado.

What the bill does

The Protecting Our Students in Schools Act would ban corporal punishment nationwide in all public schools. The legislative text mentions several specific examples such as striking, spanking, paddling, chemical sprays, electroshock weapons, and stun guns.

The practice would still be allowed on a national level in private schools, which only two states currently ban on a state …

Sponsor and status

Donald McEachin

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 30, 2020
Length: 27 pages
Sep 30, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 30, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


8 Cosponsors (8 Democrats)


Position statements

What stakeholders are saying

Lives in the Balance The ongoing practice of corporal punishment in American public schools is archaic, obsolete, ineffective, counterproductive, completely at odds with what is now known about the factors contributing to concerning behaviors in children and adolescents, and equally at odds with national initiatives …


Sep 30, 2020

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 8460 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 8460. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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