The Boston Globe reports on BPS efforts to shuffle school starts times for the coming school year:
What time will the opening and closing bells ring at schools across Boston next fall?
According to school officials, who are working with a team of MIT researchers to redesign school schedules — the same researchers who helped develop new bus routes this fall — there are 1.8 octodecillion possibilities. That’s nearly three times the estimated number of grains of sand in the world, according to school officials.
BTU President Jessica Tang weighed in on the issue:
Jessica Tang, president of the Boston Teachers Union, said her members support any change to start times that is developmentally appropriate for young children and teenagers.
“As educators, we support changes that take into consideration the needs of students and what we know from research about child development,” she said. “For example, we believe increasing the number of elementary schools with early start times would be in the best interest of our students. We also hope any changes are done equitably and with the input of those affected.”