California Senate supports later school start times

On May 31, the California Senate passed a bill to prevent all state middle and high schools from starting earlier than 8:30 a.m.  The bill now goes to the Assembly. If approved, the measure would not be implemented until 2020. CBS Sacramento reports that, “Critics, including the California Teachers Association, say local districts, not the state should set their own hours.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune supports the bill, saying that Senate approval of later school times a start for California:

The American Academy of Pediatrics and a long list of sleep experts say starting school days early takes a harsh toll on teens. “The research is clear that adolescents who get enough sleep have a reduced risk of being overweight or suffering depression, are less likely to be involved in automobile accidents, and have better grades, higher standardized test scores and an overall better quality of life,” pediatrician Judith Owens wrote in 2014. “Studies have shown that delaying early school start times is one key factor that can help adolescents get the sleep they need to grow and learn.”

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