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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001062.txt from 2002/06

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] On topic - Music vs. drug testing
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 19:30:25 -0400

<><> Mark=A0Gresham wrote:
I haven't yet seen anyone mention differences between entirely
"extracurricular activities" and "curricular classes" which require
group "extracurricular" involvement.

That's a valid point. The ACLU brief to the Supreme Court, from which
I quoted earlier (deposition? argument? whatever? I'm not an attorney),
included exactly what you have suggested. The ACLU wrote about a girl
who lacked prerequisites for enrollment in her university's music
program.... precisely because she refused to submit to drug testing in
high school and thereby was not allowed full musical training at the
high school level.

Apparently the Court decided that this complication isn't crucial.

We should maintain a distinction between 'legal' and 'wise'.
Essentially the Supreme Court said: "Testing without evidence of abuse
is not illegal." They did *not* say that the school district was
making the best decisions for its students.



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