- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Some Florida teens may be in for an earlier wake-up call.

Manatee County’s school board is set to debate starting high school start times 15 minutes earlier in a Tuesday meeting. Under the proposal, classes would begin at 7:30 a.m. to accommodate a change in class schedules.

The change goes against the advice of many experts, who say teenage sleep patterns make later start times more effective. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends start times for middle and high schools of 8:30 a.m. or later.

The board may be in for some complaints. The Bradenton Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1Rryx4Z ) the board tentatively approved moving the school year’s start to early August, but relented after hearing from hundreds who opposed the change.


Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , https://www.bradenton.com

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