Kids Who Complain That School Starts Too Early Just Got A New Best Friend

No one gets enough sleep.

It's official: school starts too early. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study confirming that millions of kids are losing sleep due to school start times and there are serious medical concerns resulting from it.

Apparently, fewer than 20 percent of middle and high schools begin at the recommended 8:30 a.m. start time or later and, as a result, roughly two-thirds of high school students get less than 8 hours of sleep per night. It's a public health and safety concern, because deprived teens are more likely to be overweight, be depressed, smoke, use drugs and drink alcohol. 

The argument on the other side is that starting later would leave less time for sports and after-school jobs, as well as raise the costs of bus scheduling by as much as $2,000 per student. It might be expensive, but those in favor of pushing back start times now have plenty of ammo on their side.

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