SUPREME Court agrees to decide constitutionality of school drug testing

Thursday, November 8th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide if leaders of untroubled schools should have the same authority to test students for drugs as do schools with serious narcotics problems.

The high court will reconsider the subject of student drug screening, in response to conflicting rulings over how far educators can go in keeping classrooms drug-free.

Justices upheld testing of athletes in 1995 in an Oregon school district, where drug-using jocks were blamed for discipline problems. The court stopped short, however, of endorsing far-reaching drug testing.