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Proposed Amendments to Section 19.5 of the Rules of the Board of Regents and Sections 100.2, 200.1, 200.7, 200.15, and 200.22 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education

At their April 2023 meeting, the Board of Regents proposed amendments to section 19.5 of the rules of the Board of Regents and sections 100.2, 200.1, 200.7, 200.15, and 200.22 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to the prohibition of corporal punishment, aversive interventions, prone restraint and seclusion; permitted use of timeout and restraint; and data collection.  It is anticipated that the proposed amendments will be presented for permanent adoption at the July 2023 Regents meeting, and effective August 2, 2023.

NYSED is accepting public comment on the proposed amendments through both written comment and public hearings.   Comment must be received by July 10, 2023.  Comments will be accepted by email with the subject line Proposed Amendments to Sections 19.5 and 100.2 and Part 200 Corporal Punishment to or may be submitted by mail to: 

Kathleen DeCataldo, Assistant Commissioner

Office of Student Support Services

Room 218-M-EB, 89 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY

Attention: Corporal Punishment Public Comment

Three public hearings are scheduled:

 July 5, 2023 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm), virtual and in-person

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 854 7336 2070
Passcode: 4sczjc
Call In: +1 929 436 2866 (New York)


Pre-registration is required at
New York State Education Department
Education Building, Room 146
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Sign in at Security, 1st Floor, Washington Avenue Entrance

July 5, 2023 (5:30-7:30 pm), Virtual only

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 857 9531 5458
Passcode: 0ewHdQ
Call In: +1 929 436 2866 (New York)

Questions about the public hearings, including pre-registration for the in-person training and requests for reasonable accommodations, may be directed to the Office of Special Education’s Policy Unit at Requests for reasonable accommodations should be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the date of the public hearing.  Live captioning will be available through Zoom for the virtual hearings.