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August 28, 2015
Most districts still opt to participate in health survey that sparked state board uproar
Six months after a protracted controversy about a state health survey given to middle and high school students, most districts asked to participate will do so, and most of those will continue using "passive consent," which means students are asked to take the survey unless parents sign a form opting them out.
August 19, 2015
More kids to get free school breakfast under law, but some districts feel financial squeeze
As the second phase of Colorado’s “Breakfast After the Bell” law takes effect this fall, thousands more low-income students will have access to free breakfast served during school hours. It’s a development lauded by many advocates, but not always by administrators in the districts mandated to provide the universal free meals.
August 14, 2015
Call for later high school start times falls flat in Denver Public Schools
A top administrator asked Denver high schools and sixth-12th grade campuses to institute a start time of 8 a.m. or later this year, but most students won't see any changes.
More free lunch
July 31, 2015
After hesitation, more Colorado districts join federal program to give out universal free meals
A one-year-old federal program that allows school districts to offer universal free meals at some or all schools is growing in Colorado.
Past becomes present
June 25, 2015
Camp for Native American youth draws on centuries of healthy tradition
A free summer camp especially for Native American youth in metro Denver teaches healthy habits and cultural heritage by incorporating traditional crafts, sports and agricultural practices.
miles to go
June 15, 2015
Colorado makes gains in summer meal participation but still low-ranked nationally
When it comes to feeding low-income children during the summer months, New Mexico is at the front of the pack and Colorado brings up the rear.
June 1, 2015
Outspoken student, burned sandwich and frozen fruit spur meal changes in southwest Denver
A burned sandwich bun and frozen strawberries helped spur meal changes at Kepner Middle School last month after a visit by a school board member, a district administrator and representatives from Padres y Jóvenes Unidos.
Learning to lead
May 19, 2015
It’s not high school civics, but parents (and teens) learn the ropes of public policy
A 20-week training called the Family Leadership Training Institute aims to give Colorado parents, grandparents and teens a greater voice in public policy with the goal of improving health, education and other outcomes.
handle with care
May 18, 2015
Criminal records more likely than diplomas for Colorado foster youth
Analysis finds that only 28.7 percent of foster youth will graduate from high school on time, but at least 38 percent will have been incarcerated between ages 16 and 19.
all for nothing
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.
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