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Latest School Start Time Petition Gains Ground

The latest petition to change public schools to a later start time met its first goal to get 500 names with some help from some local signers.

The latest petition to change public schools to a later start time met its first goal to get 500 names with some help from some local signers.

"It is totally unnecessary to start high school @ 7AM. Instead of worring about paying for buses start worring about students well-being. How bout some lottery money to pay for additional buses?" wrote Jean Donohue of Palm Harbor who is no. 282 on the petition.

"The 7:05 start time is way to early. It should be around 8:00 instead," wrote Pattie Kuzio of Clearwater, who is name no. 211, on the petition. "That way maybe half of the kids would not be asleep in first period class."

The petition to set a national minimum start time for public high school still needs more names before being sent to the Senate, House of Representatives and the President.

"I never understood why school started so early," wrote Carole Simmons of Clearwater who is, name no. 249, on the petition. "Especially when bed time for the older kids is later due to homework, afterschool activities and some time for themselves."

, who started a , got an email from SignOn.org about starting the new petition. 

"It seemed like a shame to waste the momentum the first petition generated, and the publicity that was just starting up when the ," she posted about the second petition. 

Snider is excited the latest effort reached a goal of 500 names.

"Thanks to the many who have signed so far," Snider posted Monday (Nov. 14). "Please keep spreading the word."

Here is a link to the signon.org petition.

Carol November 17, 2011 at 12:53 PM
U do the math!!! Middle school starts at 9:30 and the kids are so tired and they don't want tio get up. So if 2.5 hours later isn't working what makes you think 1 hour is going to make a difference! I do agree with the homework and the lessons. There is no reason for these kids to have to do Algebra or Magess in middle. We didn't have that till high school and we didn't have to take that math. These poor kids being forced to learn things that they dont need or may never use. They could take that in college. Anything above regular math should be optional. What are you all going to do when they go to college. Lots of homework and lots of parties. You going to tell them to start later too?
Voice of Reason November 17, 2011 at 01:21 PM
The petition only asks that no school start before 8 a.m. That seems perfectly reasonable. If you think 9:30 is too late for middle school, then work for change. But 7 am for high school is crazy. I don't know any college classes that start that early, or professors willing to teach at that time--and, besides, college kids have a choice about when they go to class, and also get plenty of breaks during the day. High school kids have no choice. There is no reason to start school before 8 am for any age except to save money on buses, and there are more creative ways to do that. Education, health, and welfare of the kids (and the young teachers) should come first when we set school hours. All the other things will fall into place.
Anne Onomous November 17, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Hey Voice.... your comment saying "whether kids are spoiled or not is irrelevant to this issue" was correct and I THINK I noted that as such. Seeing kids walking like zombies at 5:30-6am to catch a bus in the dark IS nuts in my opinion and I don't think the teachers appreciate the super early schedules as well. I applaud the ambitious teens out there these days in this media driven world - it HAS to be difficult to stay focused, but a growing majority doesn't and as noted before - are coddled. A friend of mine who is a professional in the HR field said she just had to complete a course with her Fortune 500 company so they knew how to "gently" approach newly graduated employees during their first "on the job" assessments at the 6 month review. It seems they weren't used to criticism, constructive or otherwise.....(Awww, I'm heartbroken!). Anyway back to the subject at hand. I'm sure there has to be reasons for the early starts (i.e. traffic flow, bus efficiencies, even savings on A/C during prime seasons) BUT....... 8am seems reasonable all around and hopefully gives the kids time for the most important meal of the day - breakfast! In the interest of full disclosure, the Onomous family does NOT hold stock in Kellogg Company :)
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. December 01, 2011 at 12:45 PM
The petition for later school start just reached 1000 names! We're now going for 5000, and then we'll be taking the petition to Washington, DC. If you haven't had a chance to do so yet, please add your name & spread the word: http://signon.org/sign/promote-legislation-to.fb1?source=s.fb&r_by=1521139 And check out the website of our growing national coalition at StartSchoolLater.weebly.com
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. February 21, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Update: We're delivering this petition (http://bit.ly/tWa4dS) to members of Congress, including those representing Palm Harbor, on March 6-8 if we get to goal of 5000 names by then. Right now we're at 3600, so please keep signing and sharing the link if you're tired of waiting for schools to "wake up" to the idea that it's time to put health and learning first. Meanwhile, thanks for all your support!

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