A new law pushed back start times in most public middle and high schools, stating that attendance and performance would improve if teenagers get more sleep.
California students look forward to extra sleep in the morning after a new law comes into force. The law, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday, pushed back opening times in most public middle and high schools, making California the first state to make such a change.
Classes for high schools that operate as charter schools will begin no earlier than 8:30 p.m. Under the law, and classes for middle schools will begin no earlier than 8 A.M. Democratic state senator Anthony J. Portentino wrote the bill, Anthony J. Portantino said "the law is meant to improve attendance rates and reduce stress, amid growing concerns about the impact of sleep deprivation on young people.Everyone is looking for a magic pill with education, one that cuts across all demographics, all ethnicities and has a positive, measurable increase in test scores, attendance and graduation rates without really costing money".