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Boston school officials reconsider new start times

–Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Boston school officials, facing mounting backlash from parents, civil rights leaders, and city councilors, announced Friday that they would reconsider new start and end times for schools next fall, but it remains unclear what kind of changes will be made.

Superintendent Tommy Chang informed families of the development in a letter Friday and said new bell schedules would be set in mid-January, which could create confusion for some families who would be in the midst of school registration for next fall.

“The Boston Public Schools [BPS] has heard the concerns of families about next year’s bell time changes,’’ Superintendent Tommy Chang wrote in the letter. “BPS is committed to addressing the input we’ve received and trying to find solutions to concerns that have been raised. Schedules will be finalized in mid-January. BPS hopes this additional time will allow the district to work through issues that have been shared regarding start and end times.’’

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