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Do Schools Have a Legal Right to Collect Teachers’ Urine for Random Drug Testing? Let’s Hope Not!


by Richard Fossey — June 05, 2009

In a recently published decision, a federal court in West Virginia stopped a school district from implementing a random drug testing program for teachers. In a well-reasoned preliminary order, the court ruled that the school district’s drug testing program—involving the collection of urine from randomly chosen teachers--violated the Fourth Amendment. Public educators everywhere should applaud the court’s decision and the protection it affords to teachers’ reasonable expectations of privacy while working in the public schools.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 05, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15653, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 2:32:31 AM

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