DENVER — Colorado schoolchildren may not be asked about their drug use and sex habits in anonymous surveys anymore, under a bipartisan budget proposal moving through the Legislature.
The budget draft introduced Monday cuts about $745,000 to end the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.
The youth-risk surveys are sent every other year to randomly selected middle and high school students and are used to chart risk behaviors such as smoking, drinking and bringing guns to school. The anonymous surveys have been done since 1991.
The survey has long rankled conservatives, who consider the questions an invasion of student privacy.
Some also question Colorado’s ability to keep the results anonymous, though survey administrators insist they don’t track students and have never had a security breach.
“The range of questions being asked of students I believed was inappropriate,” said Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg, one of the Legislature’s main budget-writers. Lundberg cited