Not Taking No for an Answer

ACADEME BLOG

This is a follow-up to my December 29 post, “Court Blocks Mandatory Drug Screening at State College” [https://academeblog.org/2016/12/29/court-blocks-mandatory-drug-screening-at-state-college/].

Given the substantial reductions in state support very recently announced for the state colleges and universities in Missouri [https://academeblog.org/2017/01/25/ia-and-mo-proposals-to-eliminate-tenure-cut-higher-ed-allocations/], the pursuit of this appeal does not seem an especially prudent allocation of institutional resources.

The following excerpts are from an article written by Bob Watson for the News Tribune in Jefferson City, Missouri:

“State Technical College wants the U.S. Supreme Court to have the final say on the constitutionality of making some students take drug tests.

“On Dec. 20, the federal 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the State Tech policy, in place since 2011, was unconstitutional. . . .

“Kent Brown, State Tech’s attorney, . . . thinks there is a possibility the U.S. Supreme Court will accept the school’s appeal.

“But Tony Rothert, the ACLU of…

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