WVa County School Board Drops Employee Drug Tests

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Kanawha County Board of Education is dropping random drug testing of employees after learning that the new policy likely won't withstand a court challenge.

Board members voted 5-0 Monday to end the policy.

The American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia filed a federal lawsuit challenging the policy in November.

The union argues that the policy is illegal and unnecessary.

In December, a federal judge halted the policy's implementation until a final ruling was made in the lawsuit.

School board members cited the expense of fighting the lawsuit. Member Pete Thaw says the board was told by its attorneys that it had "little or no chance" of winning the case.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Rocker Location: Ohio on Aug 11, 2009 at 10:31 AM
    All this drug testing should be illegal unless there is "probable cause". I'd never allow my child to be tested by a school. Schools should stick to learning and quit trying to act like a police force!
  • by concerned parent Location: Wset Virginia on Aug 11, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    As always don't hold the teachers accountable. they have it way to easy and they should be tested just like almost all employees are now. they aren't special just reallt spoiled.
  • by Scott Location: Parkersburg on Aug 10, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    wait a minute, so the teachers were all for random testing of students, Why should they be immune from this kind of invasion of privacy? Why the double standard?
  • by union tradesworker Location: wood county on Aug 10, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    i think it is crap that myself as a construction worker has to take mandatory drug tests which isnt a bad ting,but the people who are resposible for our kids for 8 hrs a day dont have to
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