Plan For Later California School Starts Gets Mixed Grades

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A proposal to delay start times in California schools is getting mixed grades.

A bill is cruising through the Legislature that would prohibit middle schools and high schools from starting earlier than 8:30 a.m. A final vote could be coming next month.

Supporters say it would give kids a better night’s sleep and improve school performance.

But others worry that it would turn family schedules into chaos.

Knikki Royster, a mother of two, tells The Sacramento Bee she starts work at 7:30 a.m. and she doesn’t want her kids walking a mile to school.

She says the proposal would disrupt families.

But the bill’s sponsor — Democratic state Sen. Anthony Portantino of La Canada Flintridge — says studies that show kids are not getting enough sleep and it’s harming their health.

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