In 1985, the NC General Assembly formally affirmed the authority of local boards of education to determine whether corporal punishment would be allowed as a measure of student discipline. At the time, all 115 local districts used the practice.
To this day, the legislature has declined to prohibit corporal punishment statewide. Thus, NC Child and a coalition of professional and advocacy organizations have worked locally on the issue. Now, just three districts–Robeson, Graham and Macon–use the practice.