Bill advances to ban all K-12 classes earlier than 8:30 AM

For the second time in two years, California lawmakers are advancing a bill that would forbid K-12 schools from starting class earlier than 8:30 a.m.

They argue that later start times would improve academic performance and students’ mental health. The bill’s opponents counter that a state law mandating certain school start times would disrupt family schedules and create burdens for school districts.

Last year, former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the proposal and called it “one-size-fits-all approach.”

Advocates for later start times are trying again, and hoping Newsom will think differently. The new governor is a father to four kids under age 10.

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