California Becomes the First State to Push Back School Start Times

A new law will soon require California middle schools and high schools to adopt later start times. Dr. Dean Blumberg of UC Davis Health says there are a lot of benefits for kids. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on Sunday. Starting in the 2022 school year, middle schools won't be able to start classes before 8 a.m. and high schools no earlier than 8:30. Supporters of the bill argue that starting classes later would enable students to get more sleep at ages when rest is essential for physical and mental development. Critics say students will just stay up later.

 

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