Should High Schools Start Later?

Should High Schools Start Later?

Kojo and guests weigh sleep research and petitions from parents against bus schedules, after-school sports and the challenge of changing the status quo.

Many high school students rise well before dawn to catch the bus for 7:25 a.m. first period classes. According to some parents, this means perpetually sleep-deprived students who aren't performing as well as they could. Whether high schools should start later is an ongoing debate, currently flaring in three local districts. Kojo and guests weigh sleep research and petitions from parents against bus schedules, after-school sports and the challenge of changing the status quo.

Guests

Patricia O'Neill

Member, Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education

Phyllis Payne

Co-founder, SLEEP in Fairfax (Start Later for Excellence in Education Proposal)

Judith Owens

Director of Sleep Medicine, Children's National Medical Center

John McLaren

Physics and Biology Teacher, Centreville High School, Fairfax County

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