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Dee Rathbone, September 22, 2006

Dear All,
     A new drug and violence prevention bill HR 5295 has now passed the House that would force schools to allow reasonable-suspicion searches of schoolkids for drugs and weapons.  News of it was found at the druggie web site of Drug War Chronicle at this link:
     The significance of this bill is that it would allow endangered teachers and educators in the states that currently prohibit reasonable-suspicion searches in schools, to use that legal tactic to help detect and stop drug use and violence in their schools.  Since that legal search OKed by the Supreme Court in their TLO decision also allows drug testing, this new law now will in effect expand that type of drug testing into the three-fourths of the nation's schools that currently forbid any type of student drug testing.  This is a major breakthrough in school drug and violence prevention.
     The new law will also provide a good model for our proposed federal legislation to expand the use of Random Student Drug Testing (RSDT) beyond the several thousand schools currently utilizing it today.
     Amazingly, the legislation is endorsed by the NEA, a traditional opponent of such searches.  But of course it is opposed by the "usual suspects" of pro drug legalization lobbyists in the ACLU, DPA, and extremist liberal politicians.
     Please pass this good news along to your network and pray that this important drug and violence prevention measure passes the Senate- soon.  Thanks,
Dee Rathbone, 703-759-2215