California has had about enough of kids showing up to school exhausted. And with most schools starting earlier and earlier every year, they’ve decided to ban schools from starting from before 8:30am so students can get more sleep.
Lawmakers in California passed a whole bunch of bills, but with California often leading the way and being all about pushing the limits, they felt it was important that kids stop being pushed to theirs. Even though this wasn’t one of the higher profile bills, it IS a bill that can change a lot of things. Including when parents go to work, because a lot of parents rely on school starting before they have to be in the office.
In fact almost 80 percent of middle and high schools start earlier than 8:30am, but if the governor signs the bill then schools will have three years to make this happen. Although, this doesn’t apply to rural schools or to extra curricular activities. It also doesn’t change the actual length of the school day, so it potentially means that kids will be there later.
It has been seen as the single most cost effective thing that can be done to improve high school graduation rates. But people against the bill say that it shouldn’t really be up to the government to decide thins like this. This should be planned more on a local level.
So, what do you think? Should kids be starting school later?
Night owl moms everywhere are begging for it to happen!