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Does randomly drug testing preschool teachers violate their Constitutional rights?


An association of private schools alleges that the D.C. government is illegally subjecting preschool teachers to random drug and alcohol testing, arguing in a lawsuit that the policy is a violation of the employees’ constitutional right to privacy.

The Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington — a nonprofit group of 75 regional private schools — filed suit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that the drug tests unfairly single out preschool teachers at the city’s private schools. The River School in Northwest Washington and two of its teachers also are plaintiffs in the case against the city and the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), which licenses childhood-development facilities. The association represents nine private childhood-development facilities in the District that fall under OSSE’s drug-testing policy.


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