In 2008, under the logic that stoned people don’t make the best caretakers, the D.C. Council passed a law requiring random drug and alcohol testing for city employees who interact with kids. Last year, the inspector general’s office found that the D.C. public schools still weren’t drug testing employees or applicants. DCPS promised to start testing employees by September 2012.
So, did DCPS meet the deadline? Not so much.
DCPS has started drug testing new job applicants, but the system still isn’t testing current employees, according to a new report from the inspector general. Though other city agencies are dinged in the report (drug-using Department of Park and Recreation lifeguards figure prominently), the IG singles out DCPS for still not implementing its program yet.
That’s a problem because, whatever you think of illegal drugs, they don’t make people better coaches or teachers. But the days of DCPS employees using drugs without detection will soon be over, according to schools spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz. Salmanowitz tells LL that drug testing should start for current employees in July—as soon as some issues are worked out with the unions.