WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Darryl Owens: Orange Co. Schools Should Wake Up To Benefits Of Later Start Times

darryl-owens-commentary-logo

Stay up to date on coronavirus coverage: Listen to WMFE on your radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” or “WMFE” and you’ll be connected.

When it comes to teenagers, the early bird does not catch the worm – it should catch more Zs instead. That’s according to a recent American Academy of Pediatrics study inspiring a call for later high school start times from Orange County School Board Chair Bill Sublette. But pushing back class times doesn’t seem popular with other board members.

The study says teens who don’t get enough sleep can face more health problems, car accidents, and declining academics. And going to bed earlier isn’t the answer, since a teen’s natural sleep cycle doesn’t kick in until around 11pm.

Orlando Sentinel columnist and editorial writer Darryl Owens says the school board should stop hitting the snooze button on Sublette’s proposal.


Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida COVID-19 news, updates on special programs and more. Support our extended coverage.

GET THE LATEST

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Nicole Darden Creston

About Nicole Darden Creston

All Things Considered Host and Reporter

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from ... Read Full Bio »

TOP