Ask the Governor to Support Later School Start Times

California State PTA is co-sponsor of SB 328 which advocates for a later school start time for middle and high schools. Last week it was approved by the state legislature and now it is sitting on the governor’s desk waiting for his signature or his veto.

The bill would update Education Code to mandate a start time of no earlier than 8 a.m. for middle schools and 8:30 a.m. for high schools and would give school district 3 years to implement the change. Why is this an important piece of legislation? Research shows that early school start times are keeping our teens from getting the 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep they need and that a later start time would improve graduation rates, decrease depression and suicide risk in teens, and reduce their risk of being overweight.

PTA is asking you to join us in asking Governor Newsom to sign this bill. Click here to send him an email: