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Later Wake-Up Call in Boston

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The Boston public schools have decided to let students from 10 high schools sleep a little later Monday through Friday, according to All About BPS, a district-sponsored blog written by the schools' chief communications officer.

Educators, policymakers, and researchers should keep a close eye on these experiments in letting high school kids sleep a little longer, especially if they result in higher levels of achievement. There is already some research available on the effect of school start times on student performance.

Undoubtedly, I would have been a strong advocate for the validity of this research when I was in high school. An extra 20 or 30 minutes of sleep in the morning was something worth fighting for back then.

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My secondary school doens't start until noon every day. We go until 6 pm. We have fewer tardies, lates and absences than other schools in the district. Our students are involved in fewer car accidents on the way to and from school and we are a high performing school. Much of this can be atributted to our late starts.

When did Boston begin this? Who is studying the impact? It makes so much sense, but our district needs more research "persuasion". The two big arguments are cost (presumed higher if we bus more kids for the same start time, say 8:15 AM.) and sports.

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