By Julie Giyer
Kern Valley Sun
Gov. Gavin Newson signed legislation on Sunday, October 13 mandating a later morning start for most middle and high schools. California will now be the first state to require later start times. This legislation was made in response to medial research showing that most teens are sleep deprived as a result to biological clock issues that are preventing them from going to sleep early. This bill was vetoed a year ago by Gov. Jerry Brown. The California School Boards Association expressed their disappointment saying that the mandate fails to consider the needs of local communities or respect parental decisions. Spokesman Troy Flint responds “The bill will disproportionately affect low income families and prevent many students from working after school or from caring for their siblings.” It could increase the need for childcare for families already having income issues.
The California Teachers Association, school boards, and California School Administrators also were opposed to the bill, stating that it would negatively affect before and after school programs, sports, bus schedules, and union contracts. They argued that parents who are tied to daily routines and routes will just end up dropping their kids off at the same time. The bill “Senate Bill 328” will go into effect in 2022-23. The law will require middle schools to begin no later than 8:00 a.m. and for high schools to begin after 8:30 a.m. After a survey was done in 2011-12 by the federal government, an analysis showed that one-fifth of the schools in California already comply with the bill.