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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.
voices of 'change'
February 12, 2015
Colorado LGBT high school students: validate us
Three LGBT Colorado high school students share their experiences.
February 12, 2015
Use this map to identify schools with high immunization opt-outs
More than 140 schools in the Colorado's 20 largest districts have immunization exemption rates of 10 percent or more. The Boulder Valley School has the most schools with such rates, but five other mostly suburban districts also have a dozen or more schools in that category.
February 11, 2015
Immunization rates a shock to some parents, predictable to public health experts
A Denver father was appalled when he discovered the dismal immunization compliance rate at his daughter's Wheat Ridge charter school on Tuesday. It's not surprising to some public health experts, who anticipated that the public disclosure of immunization rates would factor into some parents' school choice decisions.
February 9, 2015
Colorado, find your school’s immunization compliance and exemption rates
Use Chalkbeat’s database—the first of its kind in Colorado--to look up immunization compliance and exemption rates for individual schools in the 20 largest districts in the state. These districts enroll around three-quarters of the state’s students.
February 5, 2015
CO Health Institute CEO: Political will lacking to tighten immunization law
"It doesn't seem like it's going to have the political will in Colorado to go very far."
February 5, 2015
Report card: Low immunization rates ding state’s health grade
Colorado's low childhood immunization rates pulled down its grade on part of an annual health report card published by the Colorado Health Foundation and Colorado Health Institute.
B is for Bokwa
February 1, 2015
Bok-what? Aurora schools try a new form of fitness
Aurora Public Schools officials say they're the first district in the state to offer Bokwa, a dance workout where participants draw letters and numbers with their feet.
January 13, 2015
How teachers are like opera singers: everything depends on a clear voice
Teacher voice problems not only contribute to teacher absenteeism but can affect student learning. However, a little awareness and training goes a long way toward a healthy voice.
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