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Suspicionless drug testing of NYS students can only occur with parental consent

On Board Online • March 27, 2017

By the New York StateAssociation of School Attorneys

Concern about use of opioids and other illegal drugs by students has prompted some school boards to create policies for suspicionless drug testing of students. The resulting programs look for the presence of drugs in students' urine or blood without any individualized reason to believe that the students involved have been using drugs. This article will answer common legal questions about such policies.

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SUNY Chancellor tells NYSSBA that up to 180,000 new teachers may be needed in the next 10 years

FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2017

CONTACT: David Albert
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In an exclusive interview, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher tells Timothy Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), that school districts may need to hire 180,000 new teachers in the next ten years.

In her conversation with Kremer, Zimpher said, "We are having teacher shortages already, not just universal, but by region and by discipline. So, we need more second language teachers. We need more special ed teachers. We need more STEM teachers. We've known this, but it is finally catching up with us."

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