ERIC Number: ED473375
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
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The Balance between Student Drug Testing and Fourth Amendment Rights in Response to Board of Education v. Earls.
Edmonson, Stacey L.
This report--part of a collection of 54 papers from the 48th annual conference of the Education Law Association held in November 2002-- discusses student drug testing in Texas public schools. It contains the results of a 2001 study of student drug-testing policies in all 1,056 Texas public-school districts. In response to the Supreme Court's June 2002 decision in "Board of Education v. Earls," a followup study was conducted of responding districts to see if they planned to change their policy in light of the Court's new ruling. ("Board of Education v. Earls" upheld the school district's policy of random suspicionless drug testing of all students who participated in any extracurricular activities and stated that a demonstrated drug-abuse problem is not necessary for a drug-testing regime.) Data for the original study and followup study were gathered through surveys. The principal finding is that Texas school districts are expanding student drug testing. (Detailed survey results are presented in eight tables.) The report concludes that the trend in Texas to expand drug-testing policies may indicate a national trend, and that the balance between student drug testing and Fourth Amendment rights continues to deserve close examination. (Contains 17 footnotes, most court cases.) (WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Fourth Amendment