Hearing Likely on Mandatory Crime Reporting Bill Thursday, Dec. 17

A bill to require public, public charter and private voucher high schools to track and report criminal activity and other incidents starting in the 2017-18 school year will likely receive a public hearing in the Assembly Education Committee on Thursday, December 17.

Assembly Bill 517, authored by state Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown),  would add crimes committed on high school property, at  school-sponsored events, and on buses to the information required to be included on school report cards.

High schools would give that data to the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI); however, the crime statistics reported by a school or district could not used in determining the report card score.

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

The WASB has concerns regarding this bill and its potential to hold schools responsible for things over which they have little control.  We encourage school boards to share a copy of the bill with their local law enforcement and/or their school resource officers and to ask them whether they see potential problems or concerns with the bill.

The WASB has been in touch with the office committee chair, state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), and has confirmed that Assembly Bill 517 will likely be on the hearing agenda.  However, a hearing notice has not yet been posted and  a formal committee agenda is not expected until Monday afternoon. We will update you with time and location as well as information about any other bills that may be heard.