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Zoe Lofgren

From the office of:

Zoe Lofgren

Sending Office: Honorable Zoe Lofgren
Sent By:
Angela.Ebiner@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Support the ZZZ’s to A’s Act to improve teen health and academic performance

Endorsed by: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, National Sleep Foundation, Start School Later, Inc.

Dear Colleague, 

Please join me in becoming a cosponsor of the ZZZ’s to A’s Act
to improve teenage health and well-being by supporting later school start times for high school students. 

Students across the United States are not getting enough sleep. Research has shown that the natural biological sleep pattern of adolescents is to go to sleep and wake up at later times. But, with many high schools starting before 7:30 am and a commute forcing
students to wake up well before the sun rises to get ready for school, adolescents are facing chronic sleep deprivation.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, and
the American Psychological Association report that delaying school start times markedly improves attendance rates, grade point averages, and test scores, while reducing the risk of depression, obesity, and automobile accidents.

  • Just last month the RAND Corporation released
    an economic study
    showing that delaying schools start times, and subsequently improving academic performance and reducing car crash rates, would
    contribute $83 billion to the U.S. economy over ten years.

The ZZZ’s to A’s Act directs the Secretary of Education to conduct a study that examines the relationship between school start times and adolescent health, well-being, and performance, as well as comprehensively reviews existing scientific
evidence.

  • Chronic sleep loss in children and adolescents is one of the most common – and easily fixable – public health issues in the U.S. today.” American Academy of Pediatrics

To become a cosponsor of this bill, or for more information, please contact Angela Ebiner at
Angela.Ebiner@mail.house.gov.  

Sincerely, 

Zoe Lofgren
Member of Congress

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