New Illinois Law Gives Schools Information About Student Arrests

SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) – Illinois schools are now supposed to get a head’s-up that there could be some kind of danger but a new law has members of the state school board wondering how it will work.

In a world in which schools cannot be too careful, Illinois schools are getting information about which students have been in custody. The idea is to promote better communication between schools and police – and perhaps keep an extra eye on who may cause trouble in school.

“You probably wouldn’t find many educators who would say that it’s not relevant to know that a 14-year-old spent the weekend in custody,” said Gery Chico, chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education.

It could be a grey area: how much of a repercussion should off-campus activities carry in school?

“We’ve had, historically, health issues” that could also infringe upon privacy, says Superintendent Chris Koch, “and it will be the call that law enforcement has to make that determination. There will be a judgment call with regard to when and how they do that.”

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