State leaders consider later start time for New Jersey schools

State education leaders are discussing the possibility of having a later start time for New Jersey’s high schools and middle schools.

State leaders are considering a later start time for some of New Jersey's schools.

State leaders are considering a later start time for some of New Jersey's schools. (5/2/16)

EDISON - State education leaders are discussing the possibility of having a later start time for New Jersey’s high schools and middle schools.

Some experts say that students aren’t getting the recommended eight to nine hours of sleep due to early school start times. The experts say that this may be affecting the students’ health.

The idea is to start schools no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Some parents have mixed feelings on the proposal.

"I think that it's going to be difficult for a working household, working parent household, and children are up anyway when the sun comes out,” says Justin Shaw, of Wayne.

"I feel that it doesn't prepare them for their future because it's realistic in life that you start your job early. So getting up early seems reasonable,” says West Milford resident Jennifer Duran.

Education leaders will hold hearings on the proposal through next week.

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