A growing number of high schools around the country are opting to start classes later. The changes are a response to studies, including one released at the University of Minnesota earlier this year, that show teenagers' academic performance and health improve with later start times.
Some districts around the state have already made the change, including Minneapolis and Edina. St. Paul Public Schools administrators are currently considering a plan to push back start times for both high schools and middle schools beginning next year.
Kyla Wahlstrom, a University of Minnesota education and sleep researcher who has been studying the effect of school times for nearly two decades, and Aaron Harper, a Woodbury principal whose school delayed start times in 2009 and was part of the committee that implemented the change, join The Daily Circuit to discuss the issue.
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