The Hawaii board of education has voted not to pay for a new drug-test program for teachers that was approved last year in contract negotiations between the state and the teachers’ union.
The board rejected a proposal to pay $400,000 to get the program going by the end of June, with some members calling it an “unfunded mandate” from Gov. Linda Lingle’s office.
But Russell Pang, a spokesman for the Republican governor, said Ms. Lingle still “believes the money can be found” in the education department’s $2.2 billion budget, and that the issue may be taken up again by the board. The idea has been controversial from the start, with hundreds of teachers getting in touch with the American Civil Liberties Union to consider a lawsuit.
A version of this article appeared in the February 06, 2008 edition of Education Week