Forum to discuss corporal punishment

Memphis City School leaders want to make sure your child is safe when they go to school. The Memphis City Schools Board of Education voted to abolish corporal punishment and phase it out by the end of the school year. But alternative behavioral strategies still need to be set into place. That's why the school board is holding a Community Conversation about Behavior and Expectations this morning. The forum is being held at the World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church located at 6655 Winchester Road. The vote to put down the paddle came in November. That's when Dr. Carol Johnson brought her Blue Ribbon plan to the forefront. Now, instead of paddling, new sanctions will include alternative school programs with extra counseling. Superintendent Johnson hopes to implement her new behavior policies next fall. Doctor Johnson says her plan can only be successful if everyone works together. 600 people are expected to attend today's community conversation, including community leaders, parents, students and educators.