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New Petition for Later High School Start Times

Here's another try at a petition. This time on SignOn.org where it is easier to sign and could be featured on the site's homepage as signatures climb.

Great news for everyone who wasn't able to sign the We the People petition for a later high school start time.  After much soul-searching, I broke down and decided to try again.

I got an email from SignOn.org about starting a new petition, and I think that with their clout this could get widespread attention, too.

It seemed like a shame to waste the momentum the first petition generated, and the publicity that was just starting up when the first petition disappeared into cyberspace. It's also a lot easier to sign.

To sign the new petition, click here:

http://signon.org/sign/promote-legislation-to?source=c.em.cp&r_by=1520974

The petition includes links to spread the word after you sign it, too, so let's go! No guarantees, but some of the fastest growing SignOn.org petitions may be featured on their homepage, and occasionally MoveOn.org will promote petitions by sending email alerts to MoveOn members as well.

No matter what, thanks to "Patch power," I've found a great group of people who want to work to take this nationa -because this isn't going to end with a petition. Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed to this effort!

Editor's Note: To see the other posts pertaining to the later high school start time We the People petition drive, click.

Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. November 09, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Take a look at some of the comments people are making on this new school start time petition. Some are truly inspiring, like this one: "We made the change in Wilton CT back in 2003 and have never looked back. Sports and after school activities thriving, great test scores, no absenteeism, etc." Meanwhile, thanks to everyone who's signed already. We only have 1 more name to go to make 300--and Severna Park, as usual, is leading the pack!
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. November 09, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Take that back--we just hit 300! Thanks again, Severna Park....
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. November 14, 2011 at 05:43 PM
We're now at 509 signatures, and support is coming in from many parts of the country. The petition recently received support from the state chair of adolescent health for the California School Nurses Organization, and tonight a group of doctors in Florida are holding a community meeting to push for later start times as well. These health professional are concerned for the youth in their community and want each student to have the best chance for academic productivity and better physical and mental health. It would be great if we could hear from the medical and school health community in Anne Arundel county as well!
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. November 16, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Wow--according to the Patch in Palo Alto, CA (home of Stanford U), a letter went out to families Monday announcing school will start at 8:25 a.m. instead of 7:55 a.m. next year, citing the health of students as the biggest reason (see http://paloalto.patch.com/articles/gunn-high-school-announces-school-will-start-30-minutes-later-next-year )....Meanwhile, here in Anne Arundel, we continue with our 7:17 a.m. start time, with no prospect of change in the foreseeable future. Are teens in Maryland "tougher," or do we need to wake up to what we're doing to our children and our communities?
Jan Harrison November 16, 2011 at 05:34 PM
What happened to the "We the People" petition? I noticed they now have requirements of 25,000 signatures before petitions will be considered. Pretty hard to execute in the window they allow.
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. November 16, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Cathy, we were given 30 days to get 5000 names (right after I created the petition they upped the ante to 25,000). The We the People website had many technical problems that kept people who wanted to sign from signing, and our 1575 names were "vaporized" at precisely 2 pm on Nov 2--a real shame because our momentum was just starting to build. That led me to start this new petition, although I've put in a complaint to WhiteHouse.gov (as have other people who had similar experiences w/their petitions) and appealed to Senators Cardin & Mikulski as well. Just heard from Senator Cardin's legislative aide this a.m., but he says they're still "working on this request." Email me if you want more details, but the bottom line is that we're not giving up this fight so easily. (p.s. the Palo Alto letter was actually sent out in June, in reference to a start time change this fall.)
Maribel Ibrahim November 25, 2011 at 10:35 PM
891 signatures and counting! Be sure to visit the Start School Later website at: http://StartSchoolLater.weebly.com
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. November 27, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Thanks for keeping the signatures coming! If you need help convincing people that we are doing a disservice to our teens, check out this video showing what our kids go through to get to SPHS at 7 am: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrHrEZOjunk
Rhonda December 10, 2011 at 01:41 AM
the KIDS don't want to get out of school later...........they have jobs, they have sports.......are they going to tell their employers in the future that they're just too tired to get to work at 7am? Leave the times alone!
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. December 10, 2011 at 06:18 AM
Rhonda, I have a lot of respect for kids. In fact, two of my daughters were student members of the school board. But since when are we basing school policy on what the kids want? If we asked the kids, many wouldn't want math either, or gym, or going to school at all! It's up to the adult community to make decisions in the best interests of safety, health, and learning, and here we're letting the kids down. Research is overwhelming that 7 am start times are dangerous and counterproductive to kids and community alike. Until a few decades ago almost no public school started before 8:30, and the only reason we do now is that someone decided it was a good way to save $ on bus runs. So I don't understand why people are so defensive about 7:17 am. I know people instinctively resist change and can't imagine that things could be any different than the way they are, but, believe me, the world adjusts around school hours and not the other way around, and when school starts later, sports, jobs, and everything else still go on. Take a look at the evidence and FAQs on our website: StartSchoolLater.net . As for the opinions of our (sleep-deprived) teens, many would sacrifice anything for the freedom they get with a 2 pm release time & the unsupervised hours that follow. Only later do they realize the price they've paid for that freedom.
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. December 10, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Our petition to start high school later ( http://bit.ly/tWa4dS ) is getting attention from Patch & other online news outlets all over the country! The latest is the Menomonee Falls (WI) Patch: http://bit.ly/t32kKm
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. January 13, 2012 at 08:29 PM
We’re halfway there: 2,500 names on the petition to start school later (http://bit.ly/tWa4dS )! If everyone who has signed gets just ONE MORE person to sign as well, we’ll be at our goal of 5,000 – and take this request to Washington. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported and worked for this effort so far and helping to make history!

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