Daily Democrat: State senator wants school to start an hour later

Monday, February 20 2017

By Beau Yarbrough, Los Angeles News Group

Anyone who has a teenager, or been one, knows the difficult of getting them out of bed in the morning and off to school.

Scientists have said for years there’s a scientific basis for teens’ inability to get up bright and early. Now one state legislator wants public schools to bow to scientific consensus and push back the start of the school day.

Senate Bill 328, introduced by State Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada, would “require the school day for middle schools and high schools to begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m.”

“In education reform, there’s arguments raging on all sides, except for this one,” Portantino said. “8:30 is the earliest a high schooler or middle schooler should start school.”

Portantino, whose district stretches from Burbank in the west to Upland in the east...(Read Full Text)