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Bill To Make Later School Start Times Advances In California Legislature

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The California Senate has voted to require that middle and high schools start their classes no earlier than 8:30am.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Former Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year.

Democrat Anthony Portantino (pore-tan-TEE-no) says later start times allow students to get more sleep, which in turn helps learning.

LATESTART-1-CC / Portantino: “What this bill does is it sets a minimum standard based on research for health and welfare. That’s no different than setting a minimum standard on lead paint.” (0:10)

But critics are raising concerns about higher school bus costs and disrupting parents’ work schedules. Republican Mike Morrell criticized the measure as “one size fits all.”

LATESTART -2-CC / Morrell: “I’d like to leave it with local control, because I’ve had a number of calls from parents and school districts, and they all have different opinions.” (0:09)

The 24-to-9 vote did not fall along party lines. Three Democrats opposed the bill and three Republicans supported it. The measure now moves to the Assembly.

Ken Vincent has retired. We appreciate the way he shared his expertise with many of our young interns and reporters over the nearly eight years he spent as KVCR's lead journalist and Morning Edition host. We wish him a happy and relaxing retirement as he spends more time in his garden and, as he mentioned, more time on the golf course. Thanks Ken!
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