The state Assembly has concurred in a bill (Senate Bill 492) that sets up and provides limited funding for a voluntary one-year crime reporting pilot program that is designed to operate in one urban, one suburban and one rural school district. The bill, which passed the Senate earlier this week, now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature. It is authored by Senate President Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin).
A school district that chooses to participate in the pilot program would have to report its aggregate data on crimes and other incidents to DPI twice: once halfway through the school year and once at the end of the school year. Incidents that must be reported include those involving bullying or harassment.
After receiving the participating school districts’ reports, DPI would be required to report aggregate data to the Legislature. A participating school district must omit or redact any personally identifiable information before releasing any records it maintains and may not include the identity of any individual involved in a crime or other incident in a report submitted to DPI.
A related proposal (Assembly Bill 517) authored by Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown) which is more encompassing was passed by the Assembly earlier this week and sent to the Senate. It is not clear if the Senate will act on this bill before adjourning in mid March.