House Bill 439 / Senate Bill 1318 would ban the use of corporal punishment on students with disabilities, require parental consent to administer corporal punishment on students without disabilities, limit the administration of corporal punishment to school principals, and provide reporting requirements for schools. Corporal punishment is defined as the moderate use of physical force or physical contact by a teacher or principal for reason of discipline or to enforce school rules. This includes hitting, paddling, spanking, and slapping. Data have shown the alarming disproportionate rate at which students with disabilities receive corporal punishment in Florida schools. Furthermore, increasing evidence shows that corporal punishment is ineffective and causes significant emotional and physical harm. Now is the time to protect our most vulnerable students in the state of Florida. Send an email to your state legislators to let them know where you stand on the issue! Personalizing the message increases its impact!