Will someone tell our elected officials at Jefferson City that serious issues do exist.
While people are worried about whether they will have their jobs this time next year (or this time next week), some of our representatives keep veering off in one direction after another.
As usual, public education continues to be a whipping boy. This time, the legislator who is veering off course is Don Wells, R-Cabool, who has submitted a bill which would require random drug testing for teachers.
The bill would require random drug testing of about 12.5 percent of teachers per year. The cost of the testing would fall on individual school districts and not on the state. Teachers would be fired if a drug test returned positive.
Where is the epidemic of teacher drug usage that would even cause anyone to consider filing such a bill as this? I don't know of any teacher who would advocate keeping someone on staff who uses illegal drugs, but again, just as I have consistently said about drug testing of students- Why should we lump all teachers, or all students, in the category of suspects and why should we waste taxpayers' money on an unnecessary program.
I don't expect this bill is going to go far, but the fact that it has even been proposed means it has gone too far already.