School Start Times for Teens
According to one nationally recognized sleep expert, the research is clear. Schools should start later for teens. At first glance, the solution to the negative consequences of teen sleep deprivation is clear. Just move start times up. Unfortunately, it is not that simple or easy. Changing school start times impacts families and the community in many ways, and without public discussion and support, the push back to later start times can be severe. The degree of push back may now be tested in California where the Governor signed into law on October 13 a bill requiring many California middle and high schools to start classes later in the morning.