LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education will not vote on proposed school schedule changes in its Tuesday meeting, officials announced Friday.

The board was expected to consider a controversial change in school start times, but officials decided to forgo a vote in favor of gathering more public feedback.

District officials have proposed a controversial plan to start all high schools an hour later next school year based on research that shows students benefit academically by starting school later in the morning.

The plan would also make adjustments to schedules for elementary, middle and K-8 schools for a savings of more than $1 million in bus transportation.

The plan has been met with mixed reactions from parents, students and teachers concerned over student safety and conflicts with work schedules and extracurricular activities.

Officials said the postponement gives district staff additional time to carefully review public input provided at a Jan. 29 meeting.

The board instead is likely to consider the issue at one of its public meetings in the coming weeks.

- Kelly Puente



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