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MoCo School Officials Propose Pushing Back Morning Bell By 50 Minutes

Teens in Montgomery County may soon be able to hit the snooze button a few more times.

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr has recommended starting high schools 50 minutes later. He also wants to extend the elementary school day by 30 minutes.

Starr says “extensive research” shows students are simply not getting enough sleep and this is a “public health and safety issue.” He says an important part of the school district’s mission is student well-being.

Starr would like high school to begin at 8:15 instead of 7:25 and middle school to start 10 minutes earlier. While he’d like to keep elementary school times as they are now, Starr wants to extend the day by 30 minutes, which would add the equivalent of 14 days of instruction.

But any changes wouldn't be implemented until the 2015-16 school year. This next year will be spent studying the feasibility and impact of changing start times including costs.

Starr’s recommendation is based on a report called the Bell Times Work Group that studied school's start and end times for almost a year.

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Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
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Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
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The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

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Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

"This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it's before all a first in the history of energy," Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard says. His plane flew more than 26,700 miles without using fuel.

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