Catherine Sweeney - WPLN
Research about sleep and teens' brains has spurred a few states to bar high schools from starting classes very early. But in Nashville, they still start at 7:05 a.m., and changing that won't be easy.
Reasearch shows teens don't get sleepy until 10:45 or 11 p.m. But high school classes in Nashville still start at 7:05 a.m. "It's not a badge of honor," says the mayor.
After decades of declines, data show teen pregnancy rates are starting to plateau. Experts cite the reversal of Roe, efforts to suspend sex ed in schools and higher rates of youth mental health issues.