AUGUSTA (WGME) – There is a renewed push in Maine to have high school students start the school day later.
Rep. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, has introduced a bill that would prohibit high schools from starting classes before 8:30 a.m.
Daughtry said she struggled to stay awake in her first classes of the day when she was a teenager and pointed to studies suggesting that biological factors make it harder for adolescents to go to sleep early.
While some local districts have already delayed school start times, Daughtry said it should be the norm across Maine.
“It should be statewide,” she said. “It makes it a little bit easier of a playing field because what we’re having right now is we have different schedules for different sports teams and if everyone’s starting at different times, it makes it a little more difficult.”
The Maine Principals Association spoke in opposition, saying the change would require districts to change bus schedules, which would cost money or make lower grades start earlier in the day.
They said the decision should be up to each local district.