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April 26, 2017

States Reconsider Sunscreen as Banned Drug in Schools

Many states require a doctor's note if a student brings sunscreen, an over-the-counter drug, to school. A handful of states have changed that and others are looking to follow suit.

April 13, 2017

More California Students Vaccinated After Change in Law, Data Show

California schools saw an increase in fully vaccinated incoming students after the state passed a law restricting so-called philosophical opt-outs from immunization mandates, new data show.

March 22, 2017

Should Schools Teach About Sexting, Consent? Nevada Students Pitch Rule

A panel of Nevada students has proposed a bill that would require high schools to teach about issues like sexting, consent, and driving under the influence.

February 08, 2017

Health Groups to Trump: Vaccines Are Safe

Claims that vaccines are unsafe have been repeatedly disproved by science, a group of organizations wrote in a letter to President Trump.

January 10, 2017

Will Trump Administration Seek to Weaken Vaccine Requirements?

Outspoken vaccine critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he agreed to "chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity" at the president-elect's request.

January 06, 2017

Watch: Views on the Opioid Crisis From a School and the Author of Hillbilly Elegy

In this video J.D. Vance, author "Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis," discusses the effects of a changing economy, the roots of the opioid epidemic, and the role of schools in confronting these issues. Plus, a video story about how one West Virginia district is helping students heal after their families are split apart by drug abuse.

December 14, 2016

Families of Newtown School Shooting Victims Praise New Mental Health Law

Four years after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., families of the victims are praising a new federal law that is designed to improve access to mental health care.

August 03, 2016

CDC: Zika Risk Is No Higher at Schools Than in Surrounding Communities

"There is no evidence that risk for transmission on school properties will be higher than in other areas of the local community," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in guidance to schools.

June 21, 2016

Teenagers' Health, Educational Outcomes Improving, Report Finds

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count Data Book cites improvements for teens, but notes that minorities still lag in several areas compared to their white peers.

June 15, 2016

CPR Training Now a High School Graduation Requirement in Many States

CPR training is now a high school graduation requirement in more than 30 states after a push from organizations like the American Heart Association. Missouri is the latest to pass such a bill.

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