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Attention teens: Later school start time gets thumbs up from big organization

from The Christian Science Monitor

Joining a growing movement of parents, pediatricians, and educators across the country, the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging middle and high schools to start their classes later in the morning — at no earlier than 8:30 a.m. — to help teenagers get more sleep. Referencing scores of studies tying insufficient sleep in adolescents to academic, health, and public-safety concerns, the AAP in its new policy recommendation calls sleep deprivation among teens "one of the most common, important, and potentially remediable health risks in children." School start times, note child-health advocates, have crept earlier in recent decades to the point that some 40 percent of U.S. high schools now start before 8 a.m. more

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