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School board commissioners vote on codes of conduct

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The board decided to delay the vote on corporal punishment until more information was gathered. The board decided to delay the vote on corporal punishment until more information was gathered.
Corporal punishment was the sticking point. Some board members wanted proof other methods like detention worked just as well as corporal punishment. Corporal punishment was the sticking point. Some board members wanted proof other methods like detention worked just as well as corporal punishment.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County School Board voted on a code of conduct for the unified district during a special meeting to approve policies before the fast approaching school year begins.

One of the proposed policies about no more corporal punishment did not sit well with some commissioners.

"Corporal punishment is a tool that has worked. It's proven it was here 100 years before some of these other things," said school board commissioner David Reaves.

Corporal punishment was the sticking point. Some board members wanted proof other methods like detention worked just as well as corporal punishment. It is currently banned in the city schools but allowed in the county schools. The board decided to delay the vote on corporal punishment until more information was gathered. 

"To tell them they cannot use corporal punishment as a means of punishment is like sending a soldier into a combat zone and telling him he can't take his weapon," said school board commissioner Joesph Clayton.

The board approved the proposed cell phone policy. Cell phones are now allowed in the unified school system, but they must be turned off and put away.

"I still think the educational benefits of allowing full access far outweigh the cheating possibilities of that kind of consideration," said school board commissioner Kenneth Whalum.

The policies like cell phone usage can be revised later in the school year to an even more open policy – including using phones for education. On Tuesday, the board was up against the wall and had to get some policies approved.

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