Gov. Brown Rejects Later School Start Times

Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would prohibit middle and high schools from beginning classes before 8:30 a.m.

SB 328, authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, was created in response to research provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and others, which asserts student performance would increase with later start times.

Gov. Brown, as well as other opponents including the California Teachers Association and California School Board Association, believe this is an issue better handled by local communities. This stance follows Gov. Brown’s “principle of subsidiarity” which is aimed at giving greater control to local communities whenever possible.

Read Gov. Brown’s full veto statement here.