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Updated Jan 30, 2015 at 3:48 PM

WASHINGTON — Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children.President Barack Obama's spokesman, Josh Earnest, said Friday that decisions about vaccinations should be left to parents, but the science on vaccinations "is really clear." Some parents continue to believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism and refuse vaccinate their children."I'm not going stand up...

Updated Jan 29, 2015 at 3:13 PM

MILWAUKEE — Once a month, baby-toting young women gather in a YMCA conference room to share tips, talk about and demonstrate breast-feeding an age-old yet sometimes shunned practice in their community.It's part of a grassroots...

Updated Jan 28, 2015 at 2:29 PM

PHOENIX — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on...

Updated Jan 27, 2015 at 1:44 PM

The federal government's failure to enforce the nation's child protection laws is a "national disgrace" that leaves abused children vulnerable to future harm, according to a three-year study by two child advocacy groups.The 110-page report...

Updated Jan 26, 2015 at 9:51 AM

CHICAGO — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most...

Updated Jan 23, 2015 at 9:22 AM

LOS ANGELES — A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.In a rash of cases that public health officials are...

Updated Jan 22, 2015 at 2:39 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Board of Education is asking lawmakers to provide an additional $730 million in fiscal year 2016 for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade funding.The board on Wednesday approved the...

Updated Jan 21, 2015 at 10:41 AM

WASHINGTON — A Republican-controlled Senate committee began work Wednesday on revising the landmark No Child Left Behind education law, focusing first on federally mandated testing of America's schoolchildren.The chairman, Sen.

Updated Jan 20, 2015 at 1:02 PM

RICHMOND, Va. — Nine-year-old Alex Campbell had to stretch to reach the microphone, but a state Senate subcommittee nevertheless hung on his every word as he described being locked up repeatedly in a "crisis room" at school.After...

Updated Jan 19, 2015 at 2:22 PM

WASHINGTON — Do students take too many tests?Given the complaints about a high-stakes testing culture in classrooms, some states are reviewing the quality and quantity of the tests their students take. Congress is getting into the...

Updated Jan 15, 2015 at 3:41 PM

LOS ANGELES — Many of the students at Kingsley Elementary School in a low-income neighborhood of Los Angeles eat breakfast and lunch provided by the school. For the nearly 100 enrolled in the after-school program, another meal is...

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