Arizona AG: Parents Can’t Exempt Kids From Common Core Tests

Parents cannot opt their kids out of Common Core-mandated testing in the state of Arizona, according to the state’s attorney general. Attorney General Mark Brnovic issued this edict in response to a request from the state superintendent of education, Diane Douglas, to clarify whether parents were within their rights under state law to keep their […]

Spooked by Sugar, Americans Search for Healthier Halloween Treats

The so-called war on sugar has a new battleground: Halloween. Some Americans are so spooked about the harmful effects of sugar they are finding healthier ways to indulge during the holiday, without disappointing children by handing out apples. Sugary chocolates still dominate Halloween candy handed out and provide an annual sales treat for companies like […]

Texas Can Refuse to Issue Birth Certificates to Illegals’ Parents: Court

Texas officials may continue to refuse to issue birth certificates to illegal immigrant parents who aren’t able to show valid identification, a federal court ruled Friday, dealing a major blow to Mexican advocates who’d said the policy was in effect stripping them of citizenship. Judge Robert L. Pitman said the Matricula Consular cards issued by […]

Number of US Children in Foster Care Up Sharply

For the first time in a decade, there was a notable increase last year in the number of U.S. children in foster care, according to new federal figures released Wednesday. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 415,129 children in the foster care system as of September 30, 2014, up […]

Stop Pushing Drugs on Our Kids

Pain is a persistent problem in this country. It affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Pain can be chronic or acute, and can be a precursor to or consequence of a wide range of medical problems. The NIH also notes that chronic pain […]

Feds Spend $1.5 Million Studying How Babies Think About Food

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent nearly $1.5 million studying how infants think about food. The project, “Infants’ and Children’s Reasoning About Foods,” is being conducted by the University of Chicago and so far has determined that young children would rather not eat food that someone has licked or sneezed on. “Good nutrition […]