Simple action, clear benefits

By From page A6 | September 04, 2014

Tuesday’s article, “Doctors urge later school starts for teens,” covered an important topic. I was pleased to see that board member Sheila Allen supports a later start for the schools. However, it is frustrating that the rest of the board and administration, most notably Superintendent Winfred Roberson, do not.

According to Matt Best, associate superintendent of administration, and Maria Clayton, the district’s new information officer, changing school schedules is “complex.” This is a fine example of politics failing to implement the simplest and most obvious change. Cancer is complex. War is complex. Starting school 30 minutes later is not complex. The action is simple, the benefits are clear.

If starting school 30 minutes later would improve the health (better rest), well-being (less depression and substance abuse), performance (higher SAT scores) and safety (up to 70 percent fewer car accidents) of our teenagers, what more could there possibly be to discuss?

Linda Mathew


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