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Charter school proposes drug tests for all students



Taking a page from Gov. Rick Scott's playbook, the Imagine School at North Port has proposed drug testing all its students at least once a year. A clean result would be required to remain in the charter school, the Herald Tribune reports. 

The school's principal has explained that drug testing would help keep the school safe, and also give students an easy out if friends offer them drugs.

The school district's lawyers, meanwhile, have suggested that students' constitutional rights could be in jeopardy under such a system. But the district's position might be undermined by the fact that it has allowed another charter school to drug test students for several years, the Herald-Tribune points out.

If parents are upset about an FCAT honesty pledge, how do you think they'll react to this idea? But then, they don't have to go to a charter school, do they? Think a traditional public school could get away with proposing random drug tests for everyone? Maybe the goal is to make charters seem even more exclusive, like no-tuition private schools. Thoughts? 

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 6:26am]


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