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Argument against later school start times flawed

Published on: 
Fri, 06/29/2012
Media Source: 
Fairfax Times

The implementation of later high school start times is complicated.

Unfortunately, all too often the discussion of the real issues has been obscured by simple misinformation and the guest column [“Are changes to school schedule necessary?”, June 22 ] is a case in point.

It includes multiple errors.

Importantly, the two school board task forces (1998 and 2008) both supported delaying high school start times for the health and well-being of students. Any costs incurred during these task force studies would be minimal as the participants volunteered their time.

If the guest columnist is instead referring to the studies done of the school system’s transportation department, it is important to note the return on investment has been substantial.

According to school staff, changes made as a result of the close examination of our transportation system have resulted in savings of about $4 to $5 million per year. In at least one work session, the COO gave partial credit to Start Later for Excellence in Education Proposal for our work in helping to define some of the opportunities for savings.

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