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School Start Time Bill Passes State Assembly Education Committee


On July 12, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) presented SB 328 to the Assembly Education Committee. The Bill requires middle schools and high schools to start the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

SB 328 is based on recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics for the optimal time to start school for improved public health of teenage students. After passing the State Senate earlier in the year, the bill built upon this momentum passing the Assembly Education Committee with bi-partisan support.

“This makes a big statement to children, parents, and the education community that more and more legislators are using sound and definitive research to put the best interests of our students first.  School districts around the country that have moved teenage school start times later have seen measurable, positive results for student achievement and student public health.  I am very grateful to the Assembly Education Committee for making its decision on this indisputable data,” expressed Portantino.

“On behalf of California’s students, we appreciate the committee’s support of this critical bill, which prioritizes student well-being by ensuring healthy start times, said Lisa Lewis, co-chair, Start School Later California, which co-sponsored the bill. Dr. Irena Keller, who also co-chairs the organization, added: “These start times are backed by decades of research and will benefit our students, our communities, and our state.”

The California State PTA Legislative Advocate, Carol Kocivar, explained, “The research is clear: Later school start times improve the health, safety, and academic success of students.”

“Too many of our schools have started at times we know to be detrimental to our kids’ health,” said Joy Wake, coordinator of the High School Parent Engagement Group in the San Juan Unified School District. “We are grateful for the progress on SB 328, which recognizes that school start times are a statewide public health issue.”

SB 328 is supported by The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, California Federation of Teachers, California Sleep Society, California State PTA, Children’s Hospital Boston, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, East Area Progressive Democrats, Educate. Advocate, Fresno Unified School District, High School Parent Engagement Group, Keck Hospital of USC, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Loyola University Maryland, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Pasadena Unified School District, Stanford University School of Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook Medicine Program of Public Health, South Pasadena Unified School District,  University of Washington – Department of Biology, and numerous individuals.


Sen. Portantino represents nearly 930,000 people in the 25th Senate District, which includes Altadena, Atwater Village, Bradbury, Burbank, Claremont, Duarte, Glendale, Glendora, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Lake View Terrace, La Verne, Los Feliz, Monrovia, Montrose, Pasadena, San Dimas, San Marino, Shadow Hills, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Sunland-Tujunga, and Upland.

Start School Later California is affiliated with Start School Later, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization working to ensure school start times are compatible with health, safety, education, and equity.

Here is a look at the Bill… or visit: Senate Bill 328

An act to add Section 46148 to the Education Code, relating to pupil attendance.


SB 328, as amended, Portantino. Pupil attendance: school start time.
Existing law requires the governing board of each school district to fix the length of the schoolday for the several grades and classes of the schools maintained by the school district in accordance with specified provisions of law.
This bill would require the schoolday for middle schools and high schools to begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. by July 1, 2020, except for rural school districts that obtain a waiver from the State Board of Education to delay implementation, as specified. To the extent the bill imposes new duties on school districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Digest Key

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

Bill Text

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


Section 46148 is added to the Education Code, to read:


(a) The schoolday for middle schools and high schools shall begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

(b) For purposes of this section, “schoolday” does not include a “zero period,” or an extra period offered before the start of the regular schoolday.
(c) This section shall be implemented by middle schools and high schools no later than July 1, 2020.
(d) The governing board of a rural school district may request, and the state board may authorize, a waiver to delay implementation of this section for two years pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 33050) of Chapter 1 of Part 20 of Division 2 if the governing board of the rural school district demonstrates a verifiable, significant economic hardship that would result from implementation of this section. The waiver may be granted for two years, and, upon approval by the state board, may be extended for up to an additional two years.

SEC. 2.

If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.



  1. What a dumb idea. This would create even more problems for parents who are trying to get their kids to school and get to work at the same time. As someone who does not work where I live because i can’t afford a more expensive home, this bill would present an even larger burden on me and increase my stress level.

  2. So stupid. If parents sent their children to bed at a decent hour there would not be this problem. Do not change the system for the few who will be late anyway no matter where they are suppose to be.

  3. This is a totally idiotic idea, but what do you really expect from these “lawmakers?” I think kids should start school at 8 am and finish at 5 pm with an hour for lunch…. ON CAMPUS! No open campuses to give them more opportunities to cause problems in the neighborhoods!

    Instruction should also be mandatory throughout the entire year. Kids need to learn to live and function in the REAL world!

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