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.

There are concerns regarding this bill and its potential to hold schools responsible for things over which they have little control.