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How Later School Start Times Could Translate to Billions for the Economy

Education World – Joel Stice

If students were allowed to sleep in a little longer during the week, it could pay off in billions for the country’s economy. It’s no secret that a lack of sleep can have a negative effect on one’s ability to focus. It’s a common struggle for many teenagers with an estimated 62 percent of high school students getting less than the recommended eight hours of shut-eye a night. Because of this, many school districts have felt a push to put later start times in place in order to help students get a little more rest. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends middle and high schools start at no earlier than 8:30 a.m., though 93 percent of U.S. high schools start earlier.”(more)

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