There is hereby established a special commission to study the optimal start and end times for school days at public elementary and secondary schools in the commonwealth. The commission shall consist of 5 members: the commissioner of elementary and secondary education, who shall serve as the chair; 1 member of the house of representatives, to be appointed by the speaker of the house; 1 member of the senate, to be appointed by the president of the senate; and 2 members to be appointed by the governor. The commission shall study the mental and physical effects of a later start time for school days on students, and the social, economic and safety concerns of such a later start time. The commission may conduct public hearings, forums or meetings to gather information. The commission shall report its findings to the governor and the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate, together with any recommendations for legislation, within 2 years of the effective date of this act.
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