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Virginia officials have decided the state department of education will no longer administer a federal survey of sexual and other risk behaviors among adolescents.

News of the decision, made this summer, surfaced this month after a local superintendent voiced concerns about the survey.

The decision applies both to the middle school and high school versions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Youth Risk Behavior Survey." But it does not preclude local districts or schools from using the survey, said Jim Foudriat, a public-affairs coordinator for the education department.

William Bosher, the state superintendent, told The Washington Times that the survey might be harmful. "Any survey that suggests to young people that certain types of behavior, such as early sexual intercourse, are pervasive is more detrimental than constructive," he told the newspaper.

Photo Contracts Nixed

Taking school pictures in Mississippi has become a little less lucrative. The state attorney general's office said recently that school districts cannot enter into contracts with photo companies that include rebates.

The opinion was issued in response to a query from a county school board about whether it could accept a bid from a company that offered the schools a 30 percent rebate from the fees paid by families.

Many school districts have used the profits from picture sales to lower the costs of yearbooks, class rings, and caps and gowns.

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