Montgomery County to Consider Later Start Times for High Schools

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Montgomery County Public Schools will consider implementing later start times for its high schools following a push from parents, Superintendent Joshua Starr said Wednesday.

The school board probably will take up the issue soon, and officials plan to "dust off" a study from 1998, the last time the school system seriously considered starting high school after 8:15 a.m., Starr said. But he emphasized a hefty amount of skepticism that such a measure would pass this year.

"I have to say, as folks won't be surprised, that it's more complex than at first blush. ... If people wanted K-8 schools, would we make that switch? We have goals for the year -- would this take them off task?" Starr said on WAMU's "Kojo Nnamdi Show."

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