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Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County v. Earls

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Citation. Bd. of Educ. v. Earls, 536 U.S. 822, 122 S. Ct. 2559, 153 L. Ed. 2d 735, 2002 U.S. LEXIS 4882, 70 U.S.L.W. 4737, 2002 Cal. Daily Op. Service 5761, 2002 Daily Journal DAR 7275, 15 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 483 (U.S. June 27, 2002)

Brief Fact Summary. A school district mandated urinalysis drug tests for students in extracurricular activities.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. “In the context of safety and administrative regulations, a search unsupported by probable cause may be reasonable” if there are “special needs” that “make the warrant and probable-cause requirement impracticable.”


Facts. The Tecumseh School District adopted a policy which required all middle and high school students to consent to drug testing in order to participate in any extracurricular activity. It has only been applied to competitive activities. Two students challenged the policy.

Issue. Whether a school policy that requires drug testing for extracurricular activities is constitutional.

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