Now the feds are getting into the act with the Hillsborough School Board’s plan to randomly test students engaged in extra-curricular activities or driving to school.
The grant, received this week from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the U.S. Department of Education, will be implemented during the 2008-09 school year and includes $41,148 each year until 2011. Hillsborough Assistant Superintendent Lisa Antunes had applied for the grant in late March.
“My feeling is I am very happy,” said Superintendent of Schools Edward Forsthoffer III. “Anytime we can move a program forward without impacting our local residents through taxes is a good thing.”
Because they won’t complain if they don’t have to pay the taxes for the program, not realizing that it costs far more to lose your right to flush your piss than $41K a year.
The feds could spend $41K a year helping kids with new textbooks, creating programs for parents of kids in poor quality school districts organize to improve things, fund a pre-school program or whatever.
But, no, instead they have to do everything they can to catch a kid who smoked a joint a month ago and wants to play football or be in a play. Then they start looking at the kid differently, begin checking out his friends, and put a mark on his record for something that was not done on school time or property and is none of their business.
Bill Clinton smoked pot. Al Gore smoked pot. George Bush has two (2) DWIs and smoked pot and probably did worse. Barack Obama smoked pot. Arnold Schwartzenegger smoked pot (and there are pictures).
None of these people could have possibly risen to the levels they have if they grew up in Hillborough, NJ in 2008 and wanted to do more than come to class and go home.
Think this is an isolated program? Think again.
Hillsborough was one of nearly 50 educational entities in 20 states awarded a total of $5.8 million in random student drug-testing grants through the program. Other New Jersey schools included $150,123 to Brick Township and $43,100 for the River Dell Regional Board of Education. …
The testing is modeled after a plan at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Raritan Township. Students are randomly select via computer from among those participating in athletics, extracurricular activities, school clubs and those who drive to school.
Oh, well, as long as they are using a computer to make the selections random that’s fine.