Senate Passes Bill Authored By Watertown Politician

(Madison) The Wisconsin Senate this week passed a bill authored by a Watertown politician. The legislation, introduced by Senator John Jagler, requires high schools to collect and report crime data. It also instructs the Department of Public Instruction to place the information to the school’s annual accountability report card. Jagler says parents deserve to know exactly what kind of environment their kids are facing when they get to school. The Republican adds many parents are going to be happy to know how safe their schools are, others are going to be disturbed by how frequently the learning process is being interrupted by crime and police calls. This bill was originally considered by the Legislature in the 2015 session. While one identical to it was passed by voice vote in the Assembly, a compromise was reached to create a pilot program at the Department of Public Instruction to collect this data at three schools. Jagler says while following up on the results of the program, it was discovered that the (quote) “Tony Evers run DPI never collected any data and failed to conduct the pilot program.” The bill now heads to the assembly for a vote.