If there’s an emergency in a charter school, does the principal call the local school district police or the regular police? The answer to that question isn’t exactly clear in Nevada, and a lawmaker has filed a bill to assign responsibility.
Charter school officials have found themselves in situations where neither police department will respond to a call, with each claiming the school falls within the other’s jurisdiction, the Associated Press reports. The fact that some charter schools are housed in unusual buildings—like strip malls and church basements—adds to the confusion over jurisdiction, with some officers not even realizing when they’re dealing with a school.
The proposed legislation, sponsored by Republican Assemblyman Stephen Silberkraus, would require school districts with police departments to provide those services to charter schools by request, for a fee. [CORRECTION: The original version of this post stated that police services would be provided by the districts for free. They would actually be contracted out at cost]. District officials are pushing for the money to cover additional costs.
The bill has passed the Nevada Assembly and is now in the Senate Education Committee. You can read the full story here.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Charters & Choice blog.