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Study: Later school start times linked to improvements in behavior, achievement

When California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill this fall that would have kept the state’s middle and high schools from starting before 8:30 a.m., he said it was because he thought such decisions should be made at the local level. But that’s also where most of the research on the topic has been conducted, Bastian and Fuller write, noting that the results of small-scale studies on a particular district that has adjusted start times can’t be generalized to larger numbers of schools.

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