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Boston to Allow 10 Schools to Switch to Later Start Times

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The Boston school district will allow 10 high schools to try starting their day later, a move designed to increase the number of teenagers who get to school on time.

In a unanimous vote March 7, the Boston School Committee approved a recommendation by Superintendent Michael G. Contompasis to allow the experiment to begin in September.

Most Boston high schools start at 7:20 a.m. The 10 schools, which have not yet been chosen, will be able to choose starting times ranging from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Early high school starting times are often debated nationally in the face of research showing that adolescents’ body clocks make early rising particularly difficult for them.

In Boston, the issue is even thornier. Since students can choose to attend any high school citywide, many must travel long distances by public transportation each morning.

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Vol. 26, Issue 27, Page 6

Published in Print: March 14, 2007, as Boston to Allow 10 Schools to Switch to Later Start Times

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