The Sacramento Bee: Schools would start later under bill sent to California governor

Tuesday, September 4 2018

The California Legislature defied teachers and school boards late Friday to pass a mandate that all middle and high schools delay the start of classes until 8:30 a.m.

Supporters cite public research that says later school start times improve pupil health and link insufficient sleep to physical and mental health problems in adolescents. The California Teachers Association and the California School Boards Association pressured lawmakers to reject the bill, arguing that the Legislature should not dictate start times for diverse communities all over the state.

“It’s a public health issue....I think we have the moral imperative to act,” Portantino said.

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