New Poll Shows School Board Members Favor Later High School Start Times

Albany, N.Y. - A new poll shows over half of the state's school board members believe high schools should start classes later.

59-percent of those surveyed by the New York State School Boards Association believe the beginning of the school day should be pushed back to 8:30 a.m. 29-percent said they were against the idea, while 12-percent said they weren't sure. Supporters say a later start time would allow teens to get the recommended amount of sleep each night.

Studies show teens who sleep more do better in class and are less prone to obesity and depression.

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