"A federal judge in West Virginia ruled in 2009 that suspicionless random drug tests of teachers were not constitutional, and the governor has no intention of challenging that ruling."
He was referring to a legal battle the Kanawha County school board had two years ago over its controversial plan to randomly drug test teachers and most other school employees.
In response to a lawsuit over the school board's policy, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin issued a sweeping condemnation of the random drug-testing plan. The board then dropped its plan.
The fallout from the litigation cost the county tens of thousands of dollar in legal fees.
Asked to clarify Maloney's position, his campaign spokeswoman did not specifically repeat the call to drug test teachers.
"West Virginia has the highest per capita overdose death rate in the nation and this statistic effects everyone," Maloney campaign spokeswoman Michelle Yi said in an email. "As governor, Bill Maloney will do all that he can to ensure that those who we trust the safety of our children to, keep our classrooms drug-free.
"Bill will listen to all ideas -- including proposals on the effectiveness of drug testing -- and lead on this issue so that the state can get rid of this tragic and alarming figure."
Contact writer Ry Rivard at 304-348-1796 or ry.riv...@dailymail.com.
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