Student Advocacy

December 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Petitioners, etc.I'm not anti-system the system is anti-me

CALIFORNIA — The Sleep Club (Avants, School Start Times Topic of Temecula Parent Survey (Aug. 31, 2012) Temecula Patch; Shultz, TEMECULA: High school students seek later start (Oct. 31, 2011) The Californian; see also, Surowski, Students Push for More Sleep (Dec. 21, 2011) Temecula Patch; Kabany, Sleepy teens need relief (Nov. 6, 2011) North County Times) [Temecula Valley High School].

MICHIGAN — Fatima Shareef, Student Urges Dearborn School Start Time Change (Jan. 1, 2013) DeepSaidWhat? [Edsel Ford High School].

MISSOURI — “Students Say,” petition [Columbia Public Schools]; see also, Bianchi, The Teen Who Woke Up Her School (Aug. 13, 2014) Huffington Post [citing the efforts of student Jilly Dos Santos]; Hoffman, To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In (Mar. 13, 2014) N.Y. Times [accord].

Alex Pinder (Shapiro, School schedule changes raise ire of Parkway parents (Sept. 26, 2011) [Parkway Central High School].

OHIO — Josh Flick (Collier, Waking up is hard to do (Feb. 29, 2012); Dupont, Teens losing sleep over school (Feb. 27, 2012) Sentinel-Tribune) [Bowling Green City Schools].

PENNSYLVANIA – Klein, One Teen’s Crusade To Make Sure His Classmates Get Enough Rest (Jun. 28, 2016) Huffington Post;  Devlin, Chester County Student Forum lobbying for more sleep (May 1, 2016) The Mercury News [Unionville-Chadds Ford School District].

The Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education

Cal. Assn. Student Councils (2004) Student Advisory Bd. on Legislation in Education, School Starting Time, pp. 10-11.


Tyler Porter, School Start Time Video Project (Jun. 5, 2012) YouTube.

Mohommad Tavakoli, We need more sleep! (Jan. 5, 2010) YouTube [Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia].

Bailey Mohr, What’s Your Issue? Need More Sleep! (Apr. 13, 2010) [Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Missouri].

Matt’s Story: Rethinking School Start Times (2007) Harvard Univ., Healthy Sleep [includes brief interview with Richard Ferber, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Senior Associate in Neurology, Department of Neurology, Children’s Hospital Boston].website


John Sutherby, [ Radnor Township School District, PA]


Macintosh, Students Speak Out for Healthier School Start Times (Jul. 16, 2012) Potomac Patch.

Pierce M., School Start Times (Dec. 2011) Persuasive Essays.

ALABAMA — Mallory Schum, Starting classes so early isn’t good for students (Jan. 2, 2012) Press-Register [Theodore High School].

CALIFORNIA — Kayla Hung, School should begin later in the day (Mar. 18, 2016) [Whitney High School].

Ilene Shturman, Later starting times for school (Apr. 29, 2013) Spartan Chronicles.

Michealla Foules, Teachers talk of starting school later: Many students deprive themselves of sleep (Jan. 30, 2013) Stagg Line [A.A. Stagg High School].

Kelsey Abkin, Solution: Start School Later (Nov. 26, 2011) Edhat: Teen Voice [Santa Barbara High School].

Kimberly Sanchez, Late-Start (Nov. 16, 2011) The Express [San Juan Hills High School].

CONNECTICUT — Elisa Pey, Why Teens Need Another Hour of Sleep Each Night (May 26, 2016) Greenwich-Post [Eastern Middle School]; Zach Speed, The Wrong Side of the Bed (Feb. 19, 2012) Inklings [Staples High School].

FLORIDA — Andrea Valdespino, Why Does High School Start So Early? (Oct. 2, 2012) The Crusader [Miami Sunset Senior High]

ILLINOIS — Julianne Crawford, Late Start Everyday? (Apr. 21, 2012) The Acronym [Ill. Math & Science Academy].

Michelle Martinez, Vince Cole, & Diana Avitia, Students Prefer Late Start Tuesdays (Oct. 17, 2011) Monthly Mortonian [Morton East High School].

INDIANA — James Fox, School Diary: Early start time for secondary schools has students lagging (Apr. 17, 2012) HeraldTimesOnline [subscription only] [Bloomington North High School].

Eleni Souronis, Teens vs. Sleep (Nov. 30, 2011) The Howl Online [Boone Grove High School].

IOWA — Andrea DuVall, Later start to the school day (Feb. 9, 2012) Ames Tribune [Ames Community School District].

KANSAS — Erin Sellers, Teens need more sleep (Mar. 23, 2012) [Prairie Village, Kansas].

KENTUCKY — Haley Dallas, The Early Bird Gets … Sleepy? (Feb. 7, 2012) News Flash [McCracken County Public Schools].

MARYLAND — Matthew Stevens, Student asks school board for later high school start times (May 8, 2013) Baltimore Sun [Atholton High School].

Morenike Rossman, Sleep vs. School Time (Nov. 20, 2012) Mainstream [Paint Branch High School].

MASSACHUSETTS — kristenxo, School Start Times: A Wake-Up Call, Teen Ink.

Andrew Joyce, Revive the sleep study committee (Nov. 9, 2012) Wicked Local Halifax [Silver Lake Regional High School].

Matt Swanson, Guest Post: The Necessity of a Later School Start Time (Dec. 7, 2011) The Lounge: Students’ Information Blog [Burlington High School].

Zachary Dietz, Teens’ sleep needs dictate later school start time (Dec. 3, 2011) Daily Hampshire Gazette [Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School].

Sydney Snow, It’s Still Dark Out, Time for School! (Nov. 29, 2011) The Pentucket Profile [Pentucket Regional High School].

Henry von Thaden, Start Time Change (Nov. 2, 2011) Nauset Horizons [Nauset Regional High School].

Adam Finkel, Walpole High Should Delay Start Time (Nov. 2011) The Rebellion [Walpole High School].

MICHIGAN — Nathan DiRado, Benefits of Starting School Later (Apr. 15, 2013) The East Edition [South Lyon East High School].

Kaitlyn Nayback, Later Start Time Would Reduce Tardies (Nov. 27, 2012) The Panther Press [Center Line High School].

Jamie Grunewald, Nighty Night (Dec. 13, 2011) The East Edition [South Lyon East High School].

NEW JERSEY — Elizabeth Reilly, Student principals (May 13, 2012) Asbury Park Press [Lake Riviera Middle School].

NEW YORK — David Akst, Valley View: Teens aren’t made to wake up early (Aug. 16, 2014) Poughkeepsie J. [Red Hook High School].

Patrick Crowley, Help students focus by starting school later (Jul. 22, 2103) Long Island Newsday.

Delaney McDonough, Sleep: Are you getting enough? (May 21, 2012) [Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School].

Mike Taylor, Sleep: The Best Medicine? (May 17, 2012) The West Wind [Corning West High School].

Stephanie Philpott, Sleep is a necessity that is often overlooked by teenagers (Dec. 29, 2011) Niagara Falls Rev. [A.N. Myer Secondary School].

John Mantikas, Reasons behind students drowsiness (Oct. 27, 2011) The Charles Street Times [Lindenhurst High School].

Joshu Creel, Get up! Sleepy teens roam school halls while debate goes on about changing start times (Aug. 21, 2010) Buffalo [Park School].

Urbs2013, School or Sleep. Why must we choose? (Nov. 18, 2009) Teen Ink.

NORTH CAROLINA — Olivia, Later Start Times for School? (Oct. 11, 2016) Letter to the Next President.

OHIO — Quinton Couch, Sleep deprivation in today’s youth (Jan. 12, 2012) Ro-Hi-Ti [Ross High School].

Victoria Bracher, Start time unrealistic (Dec. 5, 2011) The Colonel [Roosevelt High School].

OREGON — Eric Wakeling, School Start Times and Sleep (Jan. 19, 2012) Newspacer [Lakeridge High School].

PENNSYLVANIA — Preeth Vijay, Straight outta sleep: a case for teens’ most coveted commodity (Sept. 4, 2015) Bucks County Courier Times [Holy Ghost Preparatory School].

Zac Einhorn, Let Us Sleep (Apr. 9, 2012) Raider Express [Middletown Area High School].

Sienna Lee, Why high school students need a later arrival time (Dec. 12, 2011) Lion’s Tale [New Hope-Solebury High School].

SOUTH DAKOTA — Mary Dick, To sleep or not to sleep (Oct. 7, 2011) Panther Pride [Dakota Valley High School].

TEXAS — Justin Graham, We’ve Got Two Options (Jan. 5, 2012) Essay Forum [McKinney Independent School Dist.].

UTAH — Madison Markworth, Middle schoolers need their sleep (May 3, 2012) [Cedar Ridge Middle School].

Hannah Monson, Middle school starts too early (Apr. 29, 2012) [Cache County School Dist.].

Katie Carlson, Later start time would improve student performance (Jul. 17, 2011) Warrior Ledger [Taylorsville High School].

VERMONT — Jadie Dow, So, What Time Should School Start? (May 2, 2013) The Windsor Gazette [Windsor High School].

Jesse Boudro, Why School Should Start Later (May 23, 2012) The Windsor Gazette [Windsor High School].

VIRGINIA — Andrew Jones, Letter: Sleep Deprived (Dec. 30, 2013) The Connection [Fairfax County Public Schools].

Christian Rector, Switch school start times (Jan. 23, 2013) N. Va. Times [Osbourn Park High School]; id., p. A6.

Meleana Moore, Debate Over Later School Start Times (May 11, 2012) The Chronicle @ Kettle Run [Kettle Run High School].

WASHINGTON — Amy Lenker, School start times should change (Jan. 4, 2017) The Olympian [Olympia School District]; Marissa Secreto, The Beat—Drowsy driving is like drunken driving (May 27, 2015) The Issaquah Press [Eastside Catholic High School]; Matthew Brown, School Start Time (2012) Spartan Spectrum [Stanwood High School].

WISCONSIN — Mary Siebert, Later school start time helps pupils (Jan. 20, 2012) Stevens Point J. [P.J. Jacobs Junior High School].

Liz Hall, Should High Schools Start School Late(r)? (Dec. 22, 2011) The Arrowhead [Arrowhead High School].

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