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February 19, 2015

Is Parental Consent for Sex Education Classes An Unnecessary Hurdle?

When it comes to sex education, there's a huge difference between requiring schools to seek parental consent for all students and allowing some parents to opt their students out, advocates say.

February 06, 2015

Efforts to Fight Childhood Obesity Advanced With a $500 Million Pledge

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced a $500 million commitment over the next decade toward ensuring all children can grow up at a healthy weight.

February 05, 2015

Bill Would Make California's Vaccine Rules Among the Most Restrictive in U.S.

California lawmakers have proposed eliminating a "personal belief" exemption from the state's vaccine requirements.

January 22, 2015

Vaccine Exemptions Back in Spotlight After Measles Outbreak

A rash of measles cases linked to Disneyland have caused many to take another look at exemptions from mandatory vaccination policies.

January 07, 2015

Teens Overestimate Peers' Involvement in Risky Behaviors, Study Finds

Teens overestimate how often their peers participate in risky sexual and drug-related behaviors, and those misperceptions may cause them to adjust their own behaviors, a study found.

January 06, 2015

More School Drug Prevention Programs Address Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Some schools are making special efforts to address prescription drugs in their drug abuse prevention programs, in part because of concern that abuse of painkillers can lead to heroin use.

January 02, 2015

Missouri Bill Would Create State Incentives for School-Based Clinics

A bill filed by a Missouri legislator would require that state's department of social services to create incentives to encourage health clinics to locate in high-poverty schools.

December 31, 2014

School Climate and Child Wellness: Rules for Engagement's Most-Read Posts of 2014

Rules for Engagement's most popular posts of 2014 covered school lunches, violence, discipline, civil rights, health, and a whole-child approach to education.

December 18, 2014

Schools Can Bill Medicaid for More Student-Health Services, Feds Say

The so-called "free care rule" does not apply to health services provided in schools, the federal agency that administers Medicaid said. That means schools can bill Medicaid for more services they provide to low-income students.

November 19, 2014

Public Health Group Takes Stances on Sex Education, E-Cigarettes, LGBT Bullying

The American Public Health Association urged funding of comprehensive sex education programs, adoption of evidence-based programs to prevent harrassment of LGBT youth, and federal regulations for electronic cigarettes.

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