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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: May 2, 2016 11:50 AM
From: Representative Tim Briggs
To: All House members
Subject: Study of School Start Times
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation that will require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to conduct a study of issues, benefits and options related to instituting a later start time to the school day in secondary schools.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, adolescents who do not get enough sleep are more likely to suffer from physical and mental health problems, are at an increased risk of being involved in an automobile accident and are more likely to decline in academic performance.

This legislation would require the Department of Education to consider the recent recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics on the establishment of later school start times and include an assessment of the health, academic and safety benefits associated with establishing later start times. Additionally, this legislation would require the department to evaluate any potential negative impacts that may be associated with later school start times. Upon conclusion of the study, the Department of Education shall present the House and Senate Education Committee Chairmen with a report of their findings.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB2105