CY-FAIR SET TO EXPAND DRUG TESTS
As more school districts embrace random testing, critics fear push will stifle youths
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
Cypress-Fairbanks will become the largest Houston-area school system to require random drug testing of high school students when it rolls out a new federally funded program in the fall to curb teenage drug abuse.
The move will add Cy-Fair to the fast-expanding list of school districts turning to drug-testing programs that now enjoy the endorsement of most parents and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Yet while leaders of the 87,000-student Cy-Fair district hope random testing will give students who compete in sports and academic contests a way to dodge peer pressure, some opponents fear it could discourage teens from joining teams and clubs. Random testing can also create a hostile school environment and give parents a false sense of security, they said.