Later school start times in California gain steam in Legislature

Charter schoolSchool boards and teachers unions successfully shot down a legislative proposal last year that would delay start times until 8:30 a.m. at middle and high schools in California.

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Now the bill is back, with a better shot at becoming law.

Sen. Anthony Portantino, who introduced the bill, cites public research that says later school start times improve pupil health. He has several studies on his side, and his staff put together a 218-page book on the policy last year to prove it.

The Democrat from La Cañada Flintridge cites a 2014 recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics to start middle and high schools no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to offset sleep deprivation. The AAP linked insufficient sleep to physical and mental health problems in adolescents. …

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  1. What do parents want?
    Can they drop the kids off an hour later?
    High schools will have to start athletic practices and games later. Figure out what that will look like.

  2. Forget the small stuff.
    Let’s look at what the hell they are teaching for that half day that they have the children. Anything useful or of value?
    Again, where is the leadership from the Department of Education on this and all topics Education?

  3. This control freak just wants his name on a bill so he will have something to talk about at cocktail parties.

  4. The Captive says

    The world runs on EARLY TO BED AND EARLY TO RISE and if you choose to change that natural time then you lose. There are different time starts for different jobs–like GRAVE YARD SHIFT 11PM TO 7AM and that’s a whole different world. If the kids want the late hours they can do that when through with school . Cut out the fun and games and go with the EARLY FLOW. IT IS much better for your health.

  5. C. J. Fillipucci says

    This just means the the kids will stay up later playing video games so later start times won’t work the AAP didn’t look at the amount of time the kids are on the compurter playing games this is a parent problem we don’t need another bill passed to cure this parents need to step up and be parents.

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