ACLU warns MISD against drug testing for all

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By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas has sent a four-page letter to Mexia ISD and its board of trustees, outlining its concerns about a proposed change to the district‘s drug-testing policy.

The letter, dated Aug. 1, lays out a number of court rulings the ACLU believes don’t allow for the kind of policy the Mexia ISD board has discussed implementing over the course of several meetings.

The district’s board is currently considering a policy to test all junior high and high school students for drug usage, and include all of them in the pool of those considered for random testing.

Currently, the district randomly tests 40 students a month, names chosen randomly from a pool consisting of junior high and high school students who either take part in extracurricular activities, or drive on campus.

After discussing their proposed drug policy change at their June and July regular meetings, the board tabled the matter both times.

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