Proposal Would Make School Start after 8:30AM in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A newly-introduced bill would require that schools across Ohio not start their school days until 8:30AM, at the earliest.

The proposal was introduced last week by State Senator Sandra Williams as Senate Bill 218. If approved, it would apply to all district, charter, and STEM schools in Ohio.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has expressed for support for the concept, in order for teens to get more sleep at night. Many experts say the earlier start times affected the health and academic performance of teens.

But opponents say it will lead to later dismissal times, later after school activities, and push back dinner time and homework.

A similar bill was recently passed in California.

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