King’s letter does not suggest penalties to schools that continue to use corporal punishment. News accounts have reported that President-elect Donald Trump is considering different candidates for education secretary. American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten called on Trump to end corporal punishment during a conference call with reporters Monday.
In Georgia, about 1 in 8 public schools use corporal punishment, according to state Education Department data on nearly 6,000 students last school year. Most Georgia school districts that use corporal punishment are in rural parts of the state. None of metro Atlanta's school districts employ such measures.