- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Some school boards in Maine plan to vote on proposals that could push back school start times for the 2016-2017 year.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/20BKKpm ) reports school boards in Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough, South Portland and Yarmouth are all considering later start times for 2016-17 or the future. Similar proposals are on the radar at Thornton Academy in Saco and in a regional district that serves the Cumberland area.

The most recent report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Maine’s average high school start time is 7:53 a.m., 10 minutes earlier than the national average. The agency recommends middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

At least 200 schools around the country have pushed back start times in recent years.

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