Gradebook podcast: How Hillsborough came up with its new school bell times
After months of debate, including time for surveys and public meetings, Hillsborough County superintendent Jeff Eakins on Tuesday proposed a new set of bell times for all 200-plus schools in the nation's eighth largest district. The model, which still requires School Board approval, contains a major change for high schools -- an 8:30 a.m. start time, aligning more closely to what experts on adolescent sleep recommend. In today's podcast, district chief operating officer Chris Farkas talks with reporter Jeff Solochek about how and why the proposal came out as it did. Also read reporter Marlene Sokol's developing story for more details.