American Academy of Pediatrics

California lawmakers shouldn't dictate when the school day starts

California lawmakers shouldn't dictate when the school day starts

There are all kinds of good reasons for public middle schools and high schools to switch to later start times. Studies of schools that have done so found lower tardiness and absenteeism, and higher academic achievement. Better-rested teenagers suffer less depression, fewer sports injuries and lower rates of traffic accidents. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended a later start to school.

Educators have been talking about this for years, and yet only a relative...

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