Investigations into allegations that Chicago school employees sexually abused students should be conducted by the district’s independent watchdog, the school board president said Tuesday as officials try to manage the fallout from an ongoing abuse scandal.

Chicago Board of Education President Frank Clark said he will propose that district Inspector General Nicholas Schuler’s office take over responsibility for sexual abuse investigations. Clark’s plan also would “require monthly reporting to the board,” including the number of claims under investigation, some details about the schools and employees involved, the nature of the allegations and the employment status of the involved school worker.

The change would require a board vote that is scheduled for later this month.

School sexual abuse investigations currently are managed within the district’s Law Department, which also defends the district if abused students file lawsuits. Child welfare experts say it is a conflict of interest for the department to both question students and represent the district’s interests in court.

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