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Over two hundred thousand students are hit every year in public schools. This is the story of discipline within our education system.
Over two hundred thousand students are hit every year in public schools. This is the story of discipline within our education system.
254 backers pledged $37,164 to help bring this project to life.

First Look For Kickstarter Backers!


We could not have made this film without your help! Here is a first look at the final version. Please do not share or download this film. It is not 100% complete but we wanted to show it to our awesome KS backers here first. 

Thanks so very much for your support!

Jared Abrams

Here is the link to the film.

Password: FirstLook

TBOE Screening Info. Be There! Thanks For Your Support.


We are finally going to show this film to the world. We need you one more time! Please help spread the word about our film any way you can. Shout from the rooftop. Tell your neighbor. Spread the word on your kids PB&J. Seriously, help us get people to the show! Here is the official press release.

Thanks so very much!!!


The Board of Education Documentary has first US screening After a successful Kickstarter Campaign to fund production, Jared Abrams’ “The Board of Education” documentary is ready for its first screening. The film, Narrated by actress Pamela Adlon, (Louie, Californication and The voice of King of the Hill’s Bobby Hill) is screening Sunday December 15th at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood. The film will be a part of Birns and Sawyer’s Filmmaker Showcase. 

This groundbreaking documentary examines the use of corporal punishment in the U.S. public school system. With nineteen states still allowing students to be subjected to this form of discipline, Director Jared Abrams takes an in-depth and personal look at this controversial issue In 1968, Corporal punishment was found to be cruel and unusual punishment by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. It is banned in the U.S. military, in correctional facilities and in mental institutions however, use of the paddle is still allowed in many U.S. public schools. More than two hundred thousand students are hit every year by their teachers, principals or coaches with many incidents resulting in injury.

 The Board Of Education is a documentary that takes an in-depth and personal look at discipline within the American educational system. The film focuses on the three states with the highest percentage of reported paddlings, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. We travel to these states for interviews with politicians, administrators, teachers, parents and students about this polarizing issue. Having been paddled as a child in a West Virginia public school, director Jared Abrams discovered that while West Virginia banned corporal punishment in 1997, it is still legal in nineteen states. Further research showed that the use of paddling can cause lasting injuries, and is linked to depression, anger, academic disengagement, increased drop out rates and domestic violence. This immediately sparked a successful fund-raising effort through Kickstarter. 

Jared raised almost forty thousand to help get the film off the ground. While he was raising funds he was already filming key players in this national debate. Interviews include Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, ACLU and Human Rights Watch executives, lawyers representing families of children injured by this type of school discipline, school administrators, teachers, parents and students. The film draws attention to the inherent flaws with this type of discipline and presents alternative methods proved to be successful at a national level. With corporal punishment predominantly practiced in southern states, the film takes a look at the historical aspects of the paddle, its ties to slavery and brings to light some of the inherent cultural complexities within southern culture and education. It examines practices and attitudes about corporal punishment at different levels of education from an elementary school in Jackson, Mississippi to a High School in Center Point, Alabama. Through the eyes of teachers, parents and the voices of the students themselves, discover how many consider the paddle to be an acceptable part of the education process while countless others call it a blatant form of child abuse. To view the trailer visit: Follow us on Facebook: 

For more information about the film email: The Birns and Sawyer Filmmaker Showcase: Sun Dec. 15th 6-9pm El portal Theater - 5269 Lankershim Blvd. 
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Screening in Los Angeles December 15, 2013.

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Almost there! Please Stand by.

We are getting closer to picture lock. The first version simply did not work and we are in the process of cutting down and possibly another shoot in Texas. The film is still progressing, unlike the 19 states that still allow teachers to hit kids with a board. We will keep you posted on possible release dates and DVD mailers. Please stand by. 

Thanks for your continued support! 

Jared Abrams 


 "The Board Of Education"

Please Help Spread The Word About Our Film!

Thank you all so very much for your continued support! We are almost done with the film and need your help. Please like our facebook and IMDB pages. Please comment on the trailer. Tell your friends and family to help us by promoting the film any way they can. We are submitting to film festivals and distributers now and hope to have some good news very soon. Your support is critical in this process. Here are links to our facebook and you tube pages. 

TBOE FB page

IMDB page

YouTube page

Thank You for your support!

Jared Abrams