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Latest School Start Time Petition Gains Ground

The latest petition to change public schools to a later start time met its first goal to get 500 names with some help from some Dunedin signers.

The latest petition to change public schools to a later start time met its first goal to get 500 names with some help from some Dunedin signers.

"As the Dad of a 16-year-old, who I literally have to drag out of bed each morning, I endorse this change wholeheartedly. As I drive him to school in the dark I see students walking and crossing the street, being barely visible to passing vehicles. Obviously the safety and well being of our youth is more important than the annoyance of having to implement scheduling changes," wrote Dennis Shaw, No. 308 on the list.

The petition to set a national minimum start time for public high school still needs more names before being sent to the Senate, House of Representatives and the President.

"Children should not be going to school at 7 in the dark. It is unsafe and unhealthy for them. Where is all the lottery money that was going to the schools?" Denise of Dunedin, No. 273 on the list, wrote.

, who started a , got an email from SignOn.org about starting the new petition. 

"It seemed like a shame to waste the momentum the first petition generated, and the publicity that was just starting up when the ," she posted about the second petition. 

Snider is excited the latest effort reached a goal of 500 names.

"Thanks to the many who have signed so far," Snider posted Monday (Nov. 14). "Please keep spreading the word."

Here is a link to the signon.org petition.

Maribel Ibrahim November 15, 2011 at 04:25 PM
You can also keep tabs on the petition and it's organizers at www.facebook.com/StartSchoolLater and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/StartSchoolL8r
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. December 06, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Thanks for all the support on the later school start time petition! If you want to share your concerns about early school hours, you also might want to check out this new poll: http://www.startschoollater.net/polls.html
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. December 20, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Get out your camera & "Meet us at the Bus Stop" tomorrow morning to ring in the Winter Solstice & show the world what it's like to go to school in the dark. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/132404763537801/
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. January 14, 2012 at 03:29 AM
We're halfway to our goal of 5000 names on the petition (http://bit.ly/tWa4dS), and many thanks again to Dunedin for playing a large part in getting us there. As soon as we hit 5000 names, we're taking this to Washington DC where we hope to get the issue on the national radar screen!
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. January 25, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The petition ( http://bit.ly/tWa4dS ) now has names from all 50 states and DC! And tomorrow we're having another nationwide "Meet Us at the Bus Stop" event, so if you or your kids have to be up and out for school at the crack of dawn, please share your photos & videos: https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/events/279393105455960/. It's really sobering to go out there at 6 or so and stand on a dark corner - makes you realize what we ask our children to do every day of the week.
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. February 19, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Update: We're delivering this petition (http://bit.ly/tWa4dS) to members of Congress, including those representing Dunedin, on March 6-8 if we get to goal of 5000 names by then. Right now we're at 3600, so please keep signing and sharing the link if you're tired of waiting for schools to "wake up" to the idea that it's time to put health and learning first. Meanwhile, thanks for all your support!

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