Boston eyes later start times for high schools

5-12-2016 Cambridge, Mass. Over 550 guests attended Jumpstart  Scribbles to Novels held at the Royal Sonaster Boston Hotel, a philanthropic benefit  celebrating the power of the written work. L. to R. are  Boston School Chairman Michael O'Neill and hiswife Rana of Charlestown, Honored guest Robert Waldron of Wayland, Boston Globe sports columnist   Dan Shaughnessey  and Jennifer Waldron of Wayland.   Photo by Bill Brett for boston.com
Boston School Committee Chairman Michael O’Neill is pushing later start times for high school students. –Bill Brett for The Boston Globe

The Boston school system is wading into the contentious debate about whether high school students should start classes later in the morning in an effort to increase academic achievement, punctuality, and attendance.

Boston School Committee Chairman Michael O’Neill is pushing the idea and asked Superintendent Tommy Chang earlier this month to craft a pilot program that would try out later start times at a small group of high schools.

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