S 3160

Establishes pilot program in DOE to provide later school start times for high school students

NJEA supports S-3160 (Codey).  This bill would establish a four-year pilot program in DOE to provide later school start times for high school students.  The pilot would be for five school districts, with at least one in the north, central, and southern regions of the state, and urban, suburban, and rural districts.

Research has shown that school starts far too early for high school students, and that later start times for high school should result in better academic outcomes as well as reductions in absenteeism and tardiness.  However, there are also difficulties in changing the start time, including issues surrounding district-wide busing.  Although it seems an easy change, later start times can have a ripple effect across the district.

This pilot will allow us to look at those issues.

NJEA asks that you support this bill.

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