Bill Draft Would Require Schools to Report Crime Data

A bill being circulating in the Wisconsin Legislature by state Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown) would add crimes committed at high schools, their events and on buses to the information required to be included on school report cards.

The bill would require public, public charter and private voucher high schools to track such criminal activity beginning in the 2017-18 school year.  Schools would give that data to the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI); however, the crime statistics reported by a school or school district could not be considered by DPI for purposes of determining a school or school district’s performance on the school or district’ annual accountability report.

Schools currently must keep track of incidents resulting in suspension or expulsion.

Crime statistics tracked under the bill would include activities that occur on school grounds outside school hours.  The WASB is concerned that the measure could “give a wrong impression if it requires reporting on things schools have little control over,” and WASB notes that schools don’t control their location.

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