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Vol 4 Issue 4
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Spring Ahead

Spring is a time of new life, and that's certainly true for all of us at Start School Later. We have several new chapters, a new board member, growing media interest in the school start time issue, and hearings and forums all over the country. Below is a quick summary of just some of our news. You can find more details on our website, as well as daily updates on our Facebook Page..

Thanks, as always, for your interest and support, and Happy Spring!

Maribel, Terra, and the Start School Later Team


43 Chapters and Counting

We are delighted to welcome our newest chapters: Issaquah WA; St. Charles, IL; Mukilteo, WA; and Northborough/-Southborough, MA; These additions bring us to 43 chapters in 16 states.

To see if there's a chapter near you, or to find out about starting one, CLICK HERE!

Sleepless in Seattle

Start School Later Seattle has made tremendous progress getting the start time issue on the school district's agenda and educating the wider community. READ MORE about how they're tackling new challenges that have arisen as the community debates specific options.

Meanwhile, the Start School Later movement is growing across the state of Washington. We now have five Washington based chapters: Seattle, Issaquah, Bellevue, Mukilteo, and Walla Walla, as well as a coalition partner in Bothill/Woodinville, Parent Advocates For a Later Start (PALS).

Community Seminar

Dr. Katherine M. Sharkey, assistant professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavior at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, led a community seminar on "Sleepy Teens: How Teens' Brains are Wired Differently for Sleep and What to Do About It" in the Westborough (MA) High School Auditorium on Thursday May 14. Dr. Sharkey offered sleep tips for young people and assured parents that teens aren't to blame when early morning schedules leave them exhausted. The chapter will hold its next meeting, Tuesday, May 26th, 7-8 p.m. at the Westborough Public Library.

And More Events

For other meetings, seminars, and hearings around the country, check out our Calendar of Events. Once there, you can even sign up to receive weekly updates.

If you know of events related to sleep and school start times that might be of interest to other Start School Later supporters around the country, contact us!

Headline News

Media interest in the Start School Later Movement continues to grow. Start School Later leaders have recently been featured in publications from coast-to-coast, including Time and The Huffington Post,

To see all our recent media coverage, CLICK HERE.

In the Works

Our national team has a lot of big plans in the works, including an online sleep education course, a documentary film on the Start School Later Movement, more chapter leader webinars, and an online silent auction.  We'll keep you posted in the months ahead - so stay tuned. And if you want to be part of any of these plans, please let us know

New Board Member

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Judith Owens, MD, MPH, to our Board of Directors. Dr. Owens is the Director of Boston Children's Hospital's Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders and an associate professor of neurology at the Harvard Medical School.

Bumper Stickers, Buttons, and More

You can now get updated Start School Later merchandise in our CafePress store - a great way to raise awareness while supporting the cause.  You can also order buttons for your next group event.
Read More >  And click here to find out about how to get a copy of Dr. Helene Emsellem's book Snooze or Lose.


Legislative Update

More and more local chapters are joining forces to build statewide support, whether in the form of a study, an incentive program, or a mandate. While Start School Later supporters in both Maryland Maine saw their bills go down in defeat this season, these efforts fueled a growing base of support, and chapters in both states are already gearing up for renewed efforts next year. Meanwhile, other legislative efforts remain active in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Nevada and several other states. 

Check our website for more information about other recent state and national legislative.
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