- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A group of parents is speaking out against a health survey given to Oregon students.

The Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/1pli0pw ) that the Oregon Health Authority’s Student Wellness Survey is an anonymous, voluntary survey given every other year to students in sixth, eighth and 11th grades. It asks questions about substance use, mental health, bullying and safety.

Officials say the data can be used to address school climate and develop health policies.

Lisa Maloney of Parents’ Rights in Education says she’s concerned that parents don’t know what kinds of questions are included and argues that sixth graders might be too young to understand issues like metal health or substance abuse.

She also objects to the way students are expected to fill out the survey unless their parents sign an opt-out form.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com


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