The science is clear that teenagers need more than eight hours of sleep a night. The nation's pediatricians say school districts need to wise up and change schedules to let kids sleep later and perform better physically and academically.
Early start times put teens at risk, they say. It improves the concentration level of the teens in school and helps them focus more.
Districts think it's too costly to push start times later, but they're wrong because later start times improve the mental health of students.
Schools should push back start times for the sake of kids’ health and academic achievement. It will help kids do better in school.
Returning to later, healthier, safer, evidence-based school hours is a reform with the potential to improve the health, safety, and academic achievement of all students. What are we waiting for?