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Brewer signs bill overhauling school abuse reports

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that overhauls a state
law requiring schools to report all child abuse or injuries.

The new law says schools don’t have to report incidents involving playground
injuries and elementary school students if the child’s legal guardian is
informed of the incident and the school maintains a written record. The measure
also allows a school to expunge some reports from a student’s permanent file.

The bill was designed to limit unnecessary reporting to law enforcement or
Child Protective Services.

Brewer signed Senate Bill 1291 late Thursday and advised school officials to
always err on the side of caution when considering whether or not to report an

The bill received unanimous support in the GOP-led Legislature.


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