Josephine County schools approve drug dogs

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Drug-sniffing dogs will soon be in some Josephine County schools.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports (http://bit.ly/AEnj3y ) that a divided Three Rivers School Board voted Monday to allow dogs from the sheriff's office to search for illegal drugs.

Proponents say students have a right to learn in a drug-free environment. Superintendent Dan Huber-Kantola says officials cannot pretend students don't have access to drugs.

But opponents said police officers and dogs have no place in a school. Board member Leslie Meier voted against the proposal, saying dogs won't find alcohol or prescription drugs. She says the district needs a better response.

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Information from: Daily Courier, http://www.thedailycourier.com