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Group Takes Central Time Debate to State Educators

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A group that wants to move all of Indiana into the Central Time Zone is taking its push to the State Board of Education.
Central Time Coalition President Sue Dillon told the panel this week that the academic performance of students in the 80 Indiana counties that observe Eastern time can suffer because they're often sleepy from awakening an hour earlier than their Central time zone counterparts.
Dillon says students are also put at risk waiting for buses in the pre-dawn darkness. She delivered a 60-page report on the topic Wednesday to board members.
Dillon became involved in the issue in 2009 after a 15-year-old student was fatally struck by a bus on a dark January morning.
Eighty Indiana counties observe Eastern time and 12 are on Central time.

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