Weekly roundup: Gov. vetoes later school start time bill, 20 OC campuses named among healthiest, and more

Groggy teens hoping to grab some extra sleep before school starts each day didn’t win the sympathy of Gov. Jerry Brown who vetoed a bill this week that would have required middle and high schools to start classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Senate Bill 328 had won the support of lawmakers, health groups, educators, parents and others who have concluded that the school day might start too early for middle and high school students.

student sleeps on her desk in a classroom“This is a one-size-fits-all approach that is opposed by teachers and school boards,” Brown said in a veto message, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Several schools have already moved to later start times. Others prefer beginning the school day earlier. These are the types of decisions best handled in the local community.”

Currently, the average start time for middle and high schools across California is 8:07 a.m.

Supporters point to recent studies that say teens are arriving at school too sleepy and not prepared to concentrate during class lessons. This concept is gaining support from health organizations including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But opponents had argued that even if there are benefits for students to have classes start later, local school boards themselves should be able to determine such policies.

Here are some other education-related news articles from throughout the region for the week ending Sept. 21.

  • Amid the growing popularity of Esports, the North American Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is opening the Esports arena to the high school crowd, creating new opportunities for growth, teamwork, and mentorship. NASEF was started in Orange County through a partnership that includes the Samueli Foundation and UC Irvine.
  • Canyon Rim Elementary third-grader Jake Bonnello was as surprised as any of his classmates when he was recently summoned to the stage by Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and honored for his contributions to the culture of Canyon Rim. A local business owner even kicked in Angels gear.

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