Drug education

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Drug education has been the misguided effort in public schools to deter students from drug use by teaching students about drugs. As a result, illegal drug use by students in 8th through 12th grades has skyrocketed from 62% in 1991 to a shocking 77% in 2007.[1] The failure of drug education in schools is analogous to the failure of sex education.


The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires schools to impose drug education, or else lose their federal funding.

This mandate began with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.[2] It expanded with the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994, which was folded into the 6th reauthorization of ESEA.[3]

In 2001 Congress passed No Child Left Behind—the 7th reauthorization of ESEA. Once again, a revised Drug-Free Schools provision was included within the larger bill.[4]

ESEA/NCLB was supposed to be reauthorized in 2006, but Republicans were unable to produce a final bill that year. After Democrats took over Congress, they chose not to negotiate with Bush over education. Instead they simply waited for a Democrat president.

New Jersey

In December 2008, an official report shows about 30% of public schools failing the No Child Left Behind academic standards, and over 400 schools repeatedly so.[5]


  1. http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20081207/NEWS08/812070305/1002
  2. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c101:H.R.3614.ENR:
  3. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c103:H.R.6:
  4. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c107:H.R.1:
  5. http://www.nj.gov/education/news/2008/1219ayp.htm

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