Welcome to Start School Later Texas!
Start School Later Texas advocates for healthy daily start time state parameters benefiting public school students. In addition, four local chapters are committed to advocating locally for safer, healthier school start times.
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Chapter Leaders in Texas have advocated for healthy school hours before state legislative committees four times during the 85th legislative interim.
Senate Public Education Committee hearing on reviewing the state Education Code. Houston chapter leader Yen Rabe, Austin chapter leader Alex Spencer with Senator Larry Taylor, chair, after testifying. Nov. 27, 2018.
SSL Texas chapter leader, Debbie Moore, SSL Houston Area chapter leader, Yen Rabe, and two students from Pasadena High School, Pedro Gonzalez and Juliette Venegas, testified at the TX Senate Select Hearing on School Violence, July 18, 2018.
Greater Austin chapter leader, Alex Spencer's, prepared comments to the TX senate education committee, April 4, 2018.
Sherman ISD tiers bus routes which provides for healthy high school start times, June 13, 2018.
Texas City ISD approves later high school start times for 2017-18 academic year, April 11, 2017.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch high schools return to healthy school hours for $0 cost.
Texas Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) Issues Recommendations for Daily Class and Activity Start Times, November 2016.
SSL Texas researched high school start times of 977 school districts in Texas. The earliest school start time goes to Aldine ISD with a daily start time of 7:05 AM. Bus routes for this district begin at 5:45 AM! Here are Texas high school start times by the numbers:
Texas District High School Start Times Facts
Improve education in Texas: Let teens get their sleep, Texas Tribune Op-ed by Debbie O. Moore, June 4, 2018.
The Houston area has the largest cluster of early daily high school start times in the state. Houston ISD standardized their bell schedules for the 2018-19 academic year. As a result of SSL Houston Area advocacy, all middle and high schools in the district will start at 8:30 am.
Houston ISD has already created a wave of change. Goose Creek Consolidated ISD has also approved healthy hours for 2018-19.