California Passes Law: Requires Schools Start Later, Says Students Need More Sleep

Students in California get to sleep in a little later due to a new proposal adopted by California lawmakers.

On Friday, the California legislature voted in favor of barring middle and high schools from starting before 8:30 am, arguing the students need more sleep.

The bill was one of more than a dozen proposals considered and debated by the legislative body on the final day of its legislative calendar.

From Fox News:

The bill, SB328, narrowly passed in both chambers. The development came as lawmakers scrambled to pass bills ahead of a midnight deadline, addressing topics ranging from internet neutrality and smoking at state beaches.

Nearly 80 percent of California middle and high schools started earlier than 8:30 a.m. in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB328, schools will have about three years to comply. It would not apply to rural schools or to extra periods offered before the start of a school day. It would not mandate changes to school day lengths.

The proposal, though it received bipartisan support in the legislative chamber, was widely ridiculed by people online:

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More government intervention when, you know, the students could go to bed earlier?



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