In order to protect students from sleep deprivation state legislators are considering requiring middle and high school students start school at 8:30 a.m. or later.
Senate Bill 328, introduced by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25th) passed the Assembly Education Committee on July 12 by a 5 to 2 vote. The bill already was approved by the California State Senate 25 to 13 with two abstentions. The bill will next move on to the Assembly Appropriations Committee and afterwards an all-Assembly vote. But the legislature is now on a summer recess until August 21.
The Centers for Disease Control, American Medical Association and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend this bill, according to a newsletter from Start School Later California, a nonprofit dedicated to healthy school hours.
It was started by Irena Keller, professor of psychology and writer Lisa Lewis. As of now, only 21 percent of California middle and high schools start at 8:30…
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