High School and Middle School Students in California May Get to Sleep In

By Sandy Wells
 KABC News

Middle and high school students in California may soon be arriving at school about a half hour later. State Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) introduced a bill Monday that would prohibit those schools from starting classes before 8:30 a.m. He says the scientific research shows that it has nothing to do with coddling kids.

“It’s about where those kids are in their psychological development and their physical development at that snapshot in time. And the research is clear. Every single school district around the country that has moved their time back has seen enormous benefits. We don’t have anything in education that has this much prevailing concrete evidence to show it’s the right thing to do!”

The studies say more sleep improves overall student performance and life at home.

“One of the things the American Psychological Association has put forth is not only are the school performances better but the relationships between the teens and their parents – the family dynamic – actually has shown a measurable increase to the positive.”

Senator Portantino was a guest on 790 KABC’s McIntyre in the Morning Show with Rob Marinko and Leann Tweeden.

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