Bill would add crime data to report cards for schools
MADISON — A bill being circulated in the Wisconsin Legislature would change the state’s school report cards to include information on crimes committed at high schools, their events and on school buses.
The proposal authored by Republican state Rep. John Jagler would require public, public charter and private voucher high schools to track criminal activity beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Schools would have to provide that data to the state Department of Public Instruction.
State report cards have data such as graduation rates and test scores, and each school and district receives a score. Jagler’s bill would keep crime data from being included in the report card score.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports schools are currently required to track incidents resulting in suspension or expulsion, with data on the Department of Public Instruction’s website.