Rep. Mattie Daughtry Joins the Moose Morning Show + Talks About ‘Late High School Start’ Bill [INTERVIEW + POLL]
If you've ever had a teenager, you know how hard it is to get them going in the morning. Heck, you probably remeber yourself dragging through the first few periods of school. Well, Rep. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, is proposing to delay the start of Maine high schools. The idea is to help students get more sleep.
Daughtry is sponsoring a bill to delay the start of school until at least 8:30am. The proposal would require 11 uninterrupted hours for students between the end of after school activities and the start of the next day.
According to WGME, the American Academy of Pediatrics says that teen sleep deprivation is a public health issue that can impact academics, as well as physical and mental health. Their studies show that it's tough for teens to fall asleep before 11pm because their natural sleep cycles are impacted by puberty.
How would a new bill affect after school activities, including sports? That's one of the major points that will need to addressed.
The bill is currently in the committee on education and cultural affairs and within the next few weeks a public hearing is expected to be held.
Rep. Mattie Daughtry joined us on the Moose Morning Show to discuss her bill.
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