State Board Opens Body-Mass Index Tracking Law to Public Comment

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state Education Board has agreed to open a public comment period for the public to give input on changes to the state's body-mass index tracking law.

Under a new law this year, the state drafted changes to the way it monitors the weight of public school children.  Under the proposed changes, schools would record the body-mass indices of students in kindergarten and even-numbered grades, although high school juniors and seniors would be exempt.

The new changes also include an opt-out clause, making it easier for parents to exempt their children from being weighed at school.

After public comment, the board will vote on putting the new policies into place.  The changes are to go into effect in the 2007-2008 school year.

The Education Department will hold a public hearing on June 28 in Little Rock regarding the changes.  The state says the public can also e-mail comments to Dee Cox, program manager for the Department of Education.

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