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Lawmaker Introduces Bill Requiring Student Record Sharing

Bill Would Require Police To Notify School Administrators Anytime Student Is Arrested For Violent Crime

Wisconsin State Capitol
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A Republican legislator has formally introduced a bill that would require police to notify school administrators whenever they arrest a student for a violent crime.

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, began circulating the bill for co-sponsors Tuesday. He said in a memo soliciting support that a national social justice agenda has become more important than disciplining students and teachers have become political pawns.

The bill would require police who take a student into custody on suspicion of a felony or violent misdemeanor notify the student’s school administrator before the next school day begins. Current law mandates that juvenile criminal records are sealed.

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The bill also calls for state officials to post teachers’ rights online, including their right to defend themselves and to terminate their contracts without penalty if they’ve been attacked.