“With the first bell ringing at 6:50 a.m., Cheyenne High School has the earliest start time in the Clark County School District — and possibly in the country,” the Las Vegas Sun reports.
“A hundred years ago, most public schools started around 9 a.m. — when businesses opened, “ Paul Takahashi reports. “However, beginning in the 1970s, cash-strapped school districts across the country realized they could save millions of dollars in transportation costs by starting schools at staggered times.”
Another questionable scheduling practice that started in the 1970s is still seen in Fairfax County, Virginia: weekly early dismissals of elementary school students. Sometimes it takes a very long time to change questionable policies once they become entrenched.
Nevertheless, I don’t think it is fair to characterize the 1970s as a time “where all things go to seed,” as TV critic Hank Steuver recently noted in his review of the first episode of the new season of Mad Men.