New California law will mandate public middle and high schools start later

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT/CNN) – California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, signed a bill into law Sunday that would mandate most of the states public middle and high schools to start later in the morning.

This would be the first law of its kind in the country.

The law requires middles schools to start at 8:00 am or later and high schools to start at 8:30 am or later, however, this law does not apply to optional early classes or to schools of the state’s rural districts.

Why the later schedule for the upper grades?

The proposal was designed to improve education results by giving the students more sleep.

Groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the California Medical Association, and the California State Parent Teacher Association backed the proposal and pointed to studies that found links between later start times at schools along with more sleep, leads to better health and academic performance among kids between 10 and 19 years of age.

Not everyone was on board with the new legislation.

There were points made about how the law would affect bus routes resulting in higher district costs, parents not being able to drop their kids off at school before work and pushing after school activities later into the evening.

Others against the bill argued that the decision on school schedules should be made at the local level that would best meet the needs of the people in their communities.

Watch the video above to find out what some in the Tri-State area thought of the new legislation.

The law will go into effect in 2022.

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(This story was originally published on October 14, 2019)

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