Assembly passes bill targeted assaulted teachers

MADISON, Wis. - The state Assembly has passed a watered-down bill that would ensure teachers could terminate their contracts without penalty if they're assaulted.

The chamber passed the proposal 58-36 Thursday. It now goes to the Senate.

The bill originally would have required police to notify the school and teachers when they take a student into custody for a violent crime. Teachers would have been allowed to petition school boards to suspend students if administrators refused to do it and clarified teachers have a right to inspect student behavioral records.

The bill's author, Republican Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, stripped those provisions out after he encountered intense resistance from school administrators, teachers, school boards, student advocates and others. They argued those provisions would have done nothing to solve the root causes of student violence, lead to more suspensions and increase student contact with police.

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