In the News: California Becomes First State in the Country to Push Back School Start Times



By 10/17/2019

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law mandating later start times for Golden State schools, the Los Angeles Times reports, “ultimately requiring public middle schools to begin classes at 8 a.m. or later while high schools will start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.”

In a research article in the Summer 2019 issue of Education Next, “Rise and Shine: How school start times affect academic performance,” Jennifer Heissel and Samuel Norris quantified the potential academic benefits of changing high-school start times. An accompanying Education Next feature article, “How To Make School Start Later,” offered practical advice.

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