Miami School Drug Test Plan Altered 1/23/98

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The Miami-Dade County School Board's plan to randomly drug test all students in grades 9-12 has been altered in the face of a legal challenge by the Florida chapter of the ACLU. As originally intended, students would have had to have parental consent to be subject to the tests, and positive results would have gone back to those parents. Schools would only receive cumulative results, without names.

Some critics argued that since there was no money available to provide treatment or special programs for teens who tested positive, the plan would be ineffective. Other critics, like the ACLU, argued that randomly testing students without probable cause to believe that they had done anything wrong violated constitutionally protected rights. The new plan would allow students to refuse to be tested.

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