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Bills would require drug testing of school boards, teachers

January 29, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota education officials are opposing legislation that would require drug testing of teachers, administrators and school board members.

The Senate Education Committee took testimony on the two bills Tuesday.

Education officials say the measures are likely unconstitutional and would be a big cost to school districts.

Democratic Sen. Richard Marcellais from Belcourt is the lead sponsor of the bill that would require random drug testing of school board members. And West Fargo Republican Sen. David Clemens is sponsoring the measure that would require testing of school personnel.

They say schools are advertised as drug-free and their legislation is an opportunity to prove it.

Education officials say there is no evidence of widespread drug use by school officials in North Dakota.

The committee took no immediate action on the measures.

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