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School Start Times Too Early For Sleep-Deprived Teens, Say Some Parents

NPR aired an interesting story this morning about how some parents think their kids begin their school day too early. They and some experts say students aren’t getting enough sleep and wake up feeling groggy. Sleep deprivation can ultimately lead to irritability and health issues like depression. Now, there’s a national petition promoting legislation to prevent public schools from starting before 8 a.m.

Locally, at least one school district – Garland ISD – is considering changing its start time for high school students. The school board there took up the issue last week. Parents, students, teachers — how do you feel about this issue? Is this a topic of discussion at your school? Chime in below.

Via NPR: Parents Of Sleep-Deprived Teens Push For Later School Start Times

Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.