Start School Later
Vol 3 Issue 1
January 2014

Thank You for #GivingTuesday
Many thanks to everyone who participated in our first formalized online giving campaign!  Your generous donations during #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving back created as part of the holiday season, is much appreciated and will help support the many projects planned for 2014.

Full Speed Ahead!
January has started off with two new pieces of statewide legislation regarding school start times.  In Virginia, Delegate Kaye Kory (District 38) introduced HB 34 specifying that the daily calendar of schools are set so that no instruction starts before 8:00am.  In Maryland, Senator Ed Reilley introduced SB 14 Task Force for Later School Start Times, a reworking of a similar bill that was passed unanimously as a House Bill last year.

Seattle at a Crossroads
The Seattle Public School Board is voting this month on whether to prioritize later school start times or to stop studying the issue altogether. To keep school start times on the radar, Start School Later Seattle urges supporters to write to School Board members ASAP to urge a yes vote on making assessment of changing start times a priority and voice support for later start times for secondary school for the fall of 2014. Friends, family, and coworkers are also urged add their voices to ensure that all the progress so far isn’t stopped in its tracks.

SSL Arlington, TX in Panel Discussion
The Arlington unit of the Tarrant County League of Women Voters will be hosting a panel discussion on adolescent sleep patterns, school start times and student achievement. Debbie Moore, founder of SSL Arlington, will participate as one of the panelists.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
7:00 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1330 S. Fielder Road
Arlington, TX 76013
Anne Arundel County MD Survey
In response to our local petition and widespread public concern about a 7:17 a.m. start time, the Anne Arundel County, MD school system is asking for feedback on a proposed +13 minute start time change for all grades. While this cost-free "fix" is hardly ideal and not yet up for a vote, feedback from local residents supporting later start times, even if incremental, is critical. The survey is online through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2014If you are a resident of Anne Arundel County, you can respond to the survey here.

Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership Reveals Strategic Plan
The Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership (OAHP) will have a meeting to review their Strategic Plan, which involves making a case for later school start times.  OAHP includes Start School Later Northeast Ohio as a charter member.  You can learn more about this statewide initiative by attending the meeting:

Date: January 31, 2014
Time: 9:30 – 3:00 pm
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Brumfield Auditorium
8995 East Main St Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Please RSVP here
A Local Chapter Near You!
You can find links to our other local  chapters on the Start School Later website. If you don't see a chapter in your area, please consider forming one!  Local Chapters are:
  • Easy to start
  • Effective for generating local interest
  • Powerful boost for local efforts
  • Compelling news for media attention
We can help you every step of the way.  To start a local chapter in your community, contact us,

Start School Later In the News
Click here to see the most recent press about Start School Later, Inc.
Click here to see editorial support for starting school later, including local and national papers, such as the Salt Lake City Tribune, The Capital, The Seattle Times and The Washington Post, among others.

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About Start School Later

Start School Later is a national coalition working to ensure that all public schools can set hours compatible with health, safety, equity, and learning.

Start School Later, Inc. is now offically incorporated as a not-for-profit organization.  This furthers our mission to function as an organization that is able to champion the cause of healthy school starts for the long-term, both nationally and locally.

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