Village 14 regular Jeffrey Pontiff, who is a director of the group newtonhighschools.com, submitted this.

The Newton City Council will consider a citizens’ petition (246-7) tonight (Monday Oct. 16) which reads:

“The City Council acknowledges the scientifically documented benefits of a later high school start time. The Council recognizes the paramount importance of the health and well-being of children, and as such supports the Newton Public Schools in taking action to delay high school start times.”

The petition is organized by newtonhighschools.com, an organization that advocates for a later high school start time. During earlier deliberations by the Programs and Services committee, Dr. Christopher Landrigan, a pediatrician and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, summarized the medical evidence.

How should the council vote on this petition? Is this even the council’s business?

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