Progress in Pennsylvania
Start School Later Chapters in Pennsylvania are seeing their hard work pay off. New legislation, (HB2105), just introduced by Representative Tim Briggs of Montgomery County, would direct the state department of education to study the relationship between teen sleep and school start times.
The new legislation comes on the heels of growing efforts around the state to raise awareness about teen sleep and school start times, described in a recent Huffington Post blog. If passed, Pennsylvania would be the third state to pass later start time legislation. In 2014 Maryland passed a bill directing the state department of health to study the issue, followed in 2016 by a second bill creating the Orange Ribbon incentive program to recognize districts with safe, healthy hours. Last year New Jersey passed a bill directing the state department of education to study the issue, much like the one proposed in Pennsylvania.