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City councilman eyes task force to aid sleep-deprived students


City Council education committee chairman Mark Treyger wants the public schools to consider starting just a bit later in the morning so students can get more rest — and do better in class and at home.


The Brooklyn City Councilman and former city teacher is introducing a bill Wednesday for the creation of a task force to examine whether all city middle schools and high schools can move their start times to 8:30 a.m. or later.


The bill comes after a Daily News report on city data showing three in four city high school students aren’t getting enough sleep and the lack of rest may be causing them mental health problems.


Treyger said city students are suffering because they’re sleep-deprived.


“We are pitting the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of our city’s adolescents against their ability to succeed in the classroom,” he said.


Data published in January by the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene showed three-quarters of city kids ages 13 to 18 get fewer than eight hours of sleep a night.


City Education Department spokesman Michael Aciman said the standard teachers union contractual schedule begins between 8 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. As a result, nearly 90% of city schools begin during that time period.

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