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Support HB 1462 - A Maryland Task Force for Later School Start Times

Marylanders across the state can take action action to start the conversation on healthy, safe, equitable public school school start times.

We are thrilled to announce that Start School Later, Inc. has helped get a bill introduced, HB 1462, Task Force to Study a Later Starting Time for Maryland Public Schools in the Maryland House of Representatives.

Maryland legislators need to hear from as many constituents as possible to ensure that this bill passes in the house and moves forward.  You can take action with the click of a button:

Click here to email your representatives

Click here to print a letter to your representatives

Once you've contacted your legislators, click here to share this tool with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.

You also have the option to personalize your message just by editing the form letter.  Feel free to tell a brief story about WHY this is so important.  Maybe your child struggles with first period, your grandson always looks tired when you see him, or you grew up exhausted because of early start times, and you want something better for your children. 

Whatever the message, it means even more if it's in YOUR voice.


We have a short window and the Maryland legislative session closes in April.  The more constituents our delegates hear from, the better.  Thank you for your support of later, healthier school hours.

Regards,
Maribel C. Ibrahim
Co-Founder,
Start School Later, Inc.

Visit: Our Website | Our National Petition | Our MD Campaign

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John March 03, 2013 at 02:59 AM
If high school start times are pushed back, how will you deal with the elementary students who won't get home until after 6pm. Will they be fed dinner on the buses? There are currently elementary students, because of late dismissal and a lengthy bus ride home who currently arrive home after 6. Shifting school times would cause them to arrive home later. Changing start times seems like an easy solution to the problem you express but it creates another problem for much younger children.
Maribel Ibrahim March 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM
John, thanks for posting your questions. The big assumption is that we must, for some reason stick with staggered starts and somehow penalize one group of students to help another group. However, this is not what we are proposing. Only 40 years ago, all students started AT THE SAME TIME. Yes, we coughed up the extra money to bus these kids and do what it took to start school at a consistent, healthy hour. In the late 60's and early 70's, the idea of staggered starts was introduced to save money. We've saved money, but we are paying by forcing students to travel in the dark, on unsafe routes and at a time when many of them are not biologically equipped to learn. In effect, we are robbing Peter to pay Paul. It's high time we do right by our students and have all of them start at a reasonable time.

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