Should school start later? Sleepy kids, logistics at odds as Gov. Brown weighs legislation

Sep 12, 2018 by

Middle and high school students do better when they get an extra hour or so of sleep, according to research and, many parents would say, common sense. But many school districts resist a mandate on start times because it can inconvenience working parents and disrupt bus schedules.

That dilemma landed on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown last month as the Legislature approved a bill to require public middle and high schools to start classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The governor has until the end of September to decide whether to sign SB328 into law and make California the first to mandate start times.

Last year, a similar bill died at the Capitol amid heavy lobbying.

Opponents of SB328 say its implementation would lead to millions of dollars in unintended consequences, and that class scheduling should be left to local districts to decide. Busing schedules, before-school care, and teacher contracts serving the more than 3 million public middle and high school students in the state would have to be renegotiated, and parents would have to rearrange their already fraught mornings to get their kids to school.

Source: Should school start later? Sleepy kids, logistics at odds as Gov. Brown weighs legislation – SFChronicle.com

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