La Cañada Flintridge Patch: California State Senator Wants Schools to Start Later For Teens

Friday, February 17 2017

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, CA — Any parents with teenagers know just how hard it is to wake them up for school in the morning. That is a why a Southern California lawmaker introduced a bill this week to start middle and high school classes later.

The bill by state Sen. Anthony Portantino, a Democrat from La Canada Flintridge, would require school districts in the state start their middle and high school days no earlier than 8:30 a.m. in accordance with a recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"Every year we discuss as parents, educators, and legislators, best practices and interests of the children and education," Portantino said. "Well data is clear — starting the school day later improves the quality of education, health and welfare of our children."

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