Bill To Make Later School Start Times Advances In California Legislature

May 22, 2019

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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.