A movement is growing in Maryland to support later school start times for children.
Start School Later
Monday, March 11, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Here's how to sign a petition for later school start times in Montgomery County.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Do you think that high school start times should be pushed back by one hour?
The movement to push back public high school start times in Montgomery County has strong support in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area, according to a study analyzing the Start School Later Montgomery County petition. Of the 10,223 (as of Jan. 5) signers to a petition to start public high schools in Montgomery County one hour later, 25 percent—more than 2,500 signers—were from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area, according to findings published this week by the Lloyd Society, a nonprofit research center. Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School enrolls just over 1,800 students, according to the school's online profile. That's almost three petition signatures for every two Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School students. Not all signers were students or family …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Check out the latest information on the Start School Later movement in Montgomery County.
The movement to push back public school start times in Montgomery County may have its widest support in the Potomac and Bethesda areas, according to a study analyzing the Start School Later Montgomery County petition. The petition urging a later school start time of 8:15 a.m. gathered more than 10,000 signatures in 12 weeks through the fall of 2012 and early January 2013. According to a report released today by the Lloyd Society, a nonprofit research center, support for the petition came from across Montgomery County and corresponded with population distribution. Twenty-seven percent of petition-signers came from the Rockville and Potomac areas, and another 25 percent came from Bethesda and Chevy Chase. Silver Spring and Takoma Park …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
When residents organize, does change happen?
Thursday, October 18, 2012
When residents organize does change happen?
Montgomery County residents have started an official chapter of the Start School Later Initiative, petitioning school officials to give students and parents a break from early school start times. In just under a week, the new chapter lead by Garret Park resident Mandi Mader, a Walter John High School mom, has grabbed more than 2,500 signatures for a petition to the county school board and Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Starr. The group is encouraging lawmakers to start school no earlier than 8:15 a.m., allowing kids more time for sleep and rest and teachers more time to prepare lessons. “We respectfully request our school board to officially recognize the large and compelling body of research regarding teen sleep and academic …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Will Montgomery County follow its neighbor's efforts to send teens to school later in the morning?
Are today’s students up and out of the house too early? The question has garnered a lot of talk on Patch sites around Montgomery County. Over 80 percent of our poll-takers said they’d prefer school hours to start later, and one of our bloggers has been watching a national movement advocating later start times. Now it seems that our neighbors in Fairfax County, VA, are beginning a third official attempt to push back school start times for students in high school. “After 14 years of discussion and two formal attempts to address the issue on its own, the Fairfax County school board will look to a consultant to help it move forward on a resolution to start the system's high school schools after 8 a.m.,” Annandale Patch reports. One of the …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Montgomery County parents and teachers have signed on to a petition encouraging national lawmakers to set school hours to start later in the day.
"Saved by the bell" may be a common refrain among students in classrooms and hallways, but parents and teachers are starting to ask if children should be saved from the bell instead. Montgomery County parents have signed on to the Start School Later Initiative encouraging lawmakers to start school no earlier than 8 a.m., allowing kids more time for sleep and rest and teachers more time to prepare lessons. Originating in Severna Park, MD, the petition was presented to members of congress yesterday, according to movement organizer Heather Macintosh, with nearly 5,000 signatures from all 50 states. Over 1,000 of those signatures were from parents and educators in Maryland. "The [petition] comments range from student pleas for a more humane…