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Elementary and secondary education is often thought of as a field dominated by women, but male educators make more money, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

In a study of 100 occupations released this month, the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics found that male school administrators earned an average of $520 per week, compared with $363 for their female counterparts.

And female elementary-school teachers earned an average of $68 per week less than men holding the same jobs, even though women account for more than 82 percent of all elementary-school teachers.

The salary gap notwithstanding, educational administration and counseling were found to be the highest-paying occupational fields for women.

One of the nation's most influential professional groups, the American Medical Association (ama), has joined other medical, religious, and service organizations in opposing a proposed rule that would require family-planning agencies to notify parents of minors who obtain prescription birth-control drugs or devices.

The ama, which joined the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics, said the measure would be counter to the interests of adolescent health.

"Restrictions of confidential access to reproductive-health-care services would not contribute anything toward tempering the level of sexual activity among adolescents and will increase the almost epidemic proportion of unplanned adolescent pregnancies," said Dr. Luella Klein, who spoke for the three medical organizations at a recent Congressional hearing.

The proposal--an amendment to Title X of the Public Health Service Act, under which many family-planning agencies receive federal funds--is subject to public comment until April 23.

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