As another school-year begins, bleary-eyed teenagers are again waiting at bus stops in Montgomery County and other parts of the region — and the campaign to push back high school start times is returning to the spotlight.
Supporters of local and national efforts to get teenagers more sleep by shifting high school schedules say they were thrilled when Education Secretary Arne Duncan tweeted his support for the idea last week, days before school’s opening in Montgomery.
“Common sense to improve student achievement that too few have implemented: let teens sleep more, start school later,” Duncan tweeted.
Later, when a follower responded that later start times had worked well for a Wyoming school system, Duncan tweeted again: “Great to hear it’s working!”
The nod from Duncan has been big news among many supporters of the change — which is being considered in the Washington region by school systems including those in Montgomery, Fairfax and Anne Arundel counties.