Governor Bans Spanking In NM Schools

CARLSBAD, N.M. -- Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill Wednesday that
effectively ends spanking in New Mexico schools.
Before the bill was signed, spanking and paddling was still legal in 36
school districts across New Mexico.

"The decision on whether or not to use corporal punishment on a child is
one that is best left to a parent," Martinez said.
Corporal punishment was already banned in 53 of New Mexico's 89 school
districts. According to the most recent data by the U.S. Department of
Education, there were 705 incidents of corporal punishment in New Mexico
during the 2006 school year.

New Mexico now joins 30 other states that do not permit corporal punishment
in schools.

The bill will take effect on July 1, 2011.