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May 13, 2015
State Board maintains status quo for health survey
The controversy about the survey bubbled up last winter amid parent complaints that some questions are inappropriate and invasive and whether it was voluntary.
May 1, 2015
Coalition questions DPS commitment to physical education after cut (Updated)
A statewide coalition of physical education advocates expressed disappointment with Denver Public Schools' decision to eliminate its longtime physical education director as part of a major restructuring effort.
conviction over convenience
April 15, 2015
Health board votes to toughen rules for opting kids out of immunizations
The State Board of Health unanimously voted to approve rule changes that will require parents to submit immunization exemption forms more frequently.
April 10, 2015
How Colorado parents opt kids out of immunizations could soon change
The Colorado Board of Health will consider a policy change Wednesday that would make it a little tougher for parents to opt their children out of required shots.
Not much accomplished
April 8, 2015
A big day of delays for State Board of Education
The State Board of Education had four big issues on its agenda Wednesday, and it delayed further discussion and decisions on all of them until May.
April 6, 2015
Report: Colorado kids aren’t getting enough exercise
A new report, an offshoot of the annual Colorado Health Report Card, examines physical activity levels around the state, including among children and teens.
March 24, 2015
In some districts, cash prizes for staff weight loss
Several Colorado school districts offer a program that rewards overweight participants—whether staff members or community members--with cash prizes for losing weight.
March 23, 2015
Childhood poverty finally on the decline, according to KIDS COUNT report
A decline in Colorado's child poverty rate is just one of the many data highlights in the latest KIDS COUNT report published annually by the Colorado Children's Campaign.
March 13, 2015
Binding legal opinion from AG sought on student health survey
The ongoing debate about the controversial Healthy Kids Colorado Survey is becoming a story about a legal opinion pile-up. After both the State Board of Education and the state health department recently sought separate informal opinions on the topic from the state’s assistant attorney generals, the health department is now seeking a formal opinion from the attorney general’s office.
A fight for another day
March 12, 2015
State board tables student health survey decision again
The State Board of Education on Thursday tabled the issue of the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey until its April meeting. The biennial survey has caused consternation among some parents and board members recently because of the explicit nature of some questions and the fact that parents in most districts aren't asked to provide prior written consent before their children participate.
March 11, 2015
State board may weigh in on health survey
The State Board of Education on Thursday will again tackle the controversial Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, including the question of how parents give permission for children to take the survey.
March 3, 2015
State health department seeks separate AG opinion on student health survey
After the State Board of Education was presented with an opinion Friday stating that parents must give prior written consent for students to take the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, the state health department is seeking a second opinion.
Health survey flap
February 27, 2015
State Board told prior parent consent required for health survey
Parents have to approve their children’s participation in the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, and schools can’t merely offer the opportunity to opt out, an assistant attorney general says.
February 19, 2015
New push to quantify, prevent preschool expulsions in Colorado
With a recent federal spotlight on the issue of preschool expulsion, some Colorado stakeholders want the state to collect data on incidence rates and create policies around the topic.
this is your brain
February 17, 2015
Drug incidents in schools rise, but uneven state data doesn’t reflect legal marijuana factor
The hike in drug violations came as overall suspensions, expulsions and referrals to police for other transgressions decreased between the year of legalization and the previous academic year, 2012-’13.
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