In July 2013, LISD trustee Rick Garza proposed the return of corporal punishment into the code of student conduct. "I hear time and time again that the teachers are losing control of their classroom," Garza said. Garza said current disciplinary methods are too lenient, exhaust district resources, and fail to control rowdy students. Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson said that paddling could be reinstituted by the board but would require parental consent and could not be used until a third offense. Nelson said the district will poll teachers anonymously to see if they support the return of the paddle. "We live in a litigious society ... They [parents] are looking for reasons to file litigation ...," Nelson added.
On November 5, 2013, district voters in a low-turnout election handily approved a $47.17 million school bond issue to refinance previously issued revenue bonds. The tabulation was 1,944 (73.1%) in support to 716 (26.9%) in opposition.