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H.R. 1306 (114th): ZZZ’s to A’s Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 4, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1306

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 4, 2015

(for herself, Mr. Honda, Mr. Grijalva, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Gutiérrez, and Mr. Swalwell of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Education to conduct a study to determine the relationship between school start times and adolescent health, well-being, and performance.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the ZZZ’s to A’s Act.

2.

Findings

Congress finds the followings:

(1)

The Secretary of Education has not formally issued policy guidance on school start times.

(2)

Numerous local educational agencies have recently changed or are considering changing school start times in an effort to improve adolescent health, well-being, and performance.

3.

Study and report

Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Education shall—

(1)

conduct a study, directly or through awarding a grant or contract, to examine the relationship between school start times and adolescent health, well-being, and performance that—

(A)

provides a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence relating to school start times and adolescent health, well-being, and performance;

(B)

compares adolescent health, well-being, and performance among local educational agencies with different school start times; and

(C)

evaluates factors that contribute to or affect school start times; and

(2)

submit to Congress a report that describes—

(A)

the findings of the study; and

(B)

any recommendations of the Secretary based on such findings.

4.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Local educational agency

The term local educational agency has the meaning given the term in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).

(2)

Performance

The term performance means a measurement of how well an individual achieves a desired task, and which may include academic performance and cognitive performance.

(3)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Education.