Legislation requiring Wisconsin high schools to collect data on crimes including sexual assault and homicide passed the Assembly education committee Wednesday.

The bill’s author, Representative Cindi Duchow (R-Delafield) said parents want to know what’s happening in their school. “They want to know what’s happening their school at 8am, and at 8pm. Because I don’t care if it’s somebody from outside the school that comes in and does something wrong. That’s someone who’s in my building where my kid is, and I want to know that.”

Committee Democrats questioned the validity of the data to be collected as the bill advanced to the full Assembly on a party line vote. Committee Republicans also passed a bill requiring the Evers administration to use American Rescue Plan money to help hire school security.

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