>>> Benjamin Stevenson
An Escambia parent recently relayed to us that the school district informed him that the ACLU does not have an issue with the Escambia School Board’s proposed extensive drug testing policy. This is inaccurate; we have significant concerns about the proposed policy.
Moreover, I am unsure what would lead the school district to believe we were fine with the proposed policy. When we first met with you on Dec. 17 we expressed concerns, but postponed making any final conclusions without the benefit of case law you indicated that supported the board’s proposal. After you sent us the case law last week (after a couple of requests), we have continued to make inquires about the contours of the policies – again signaling that we may have problems with it. Also, I was quoted in the Pensacola News Journal on Jan. 8 expressing concerns about the policy.
I request that you apprise the School Board and other relevant district employees of our position so that they do not misrepresent it to the public.
Benjamin James Stevenson
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida—Northwest Region
Post Office Box 12723
Pensacola, FL 32591-2723
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