The battle for change in school start times is being fought in districts across the country. For years, parents have argued that high school should start later to better align with teens' natural sleep schedules; and elementary schools should start earlier so kids are not coming home in the dark, during rush hour. Here in Boston, the school committee voted last week to approve the new school start and end times for next fall. With more than 80 percent of start times changing — some by two hours or more — the announcement was met with fury from many parents.
Adam Reilly was joined by two Boston parents — Annissa Essaibi-George, city councilor at large, vice chair of the Education Committee and a former Boston school teacher; and Dorothy Fennell, a parent and activist who has one child in Boston schools and another who will be soon.