Assembly approves bill that would require schools to provide CPR training

MADISON — The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would require Wisconsin schools to provide CPR training in seventh- and eighth-grade health classes.

Current Wisconsin law requires all public, charter and private schools to offer instruction in CPR and external defibrillators to high school students. Sen. Jerry Petrowski and Rep. John Spiros' bill would require all schools to offer CPR and defibrillator training in any health class offered to grades seven through 12.

According to the American Heart Association, 26 states require CPR training to graduate.

The Assembly approved the bill on a voice vote Tuesday, February 9th. It now goes to the state Senate.