This week, in a surprise move on the last day to pass bills, the Legislature agreed to push back the start of the school day for middle and high schools to no earlier than 8:30 a.m., so teenagers can get more sleep.
Louis and John focus on that controversial bill, speaking with Dr. Mariah Baughn, a pathologist and San Diego leader of the national organization Start School Later, who lays out the evidence of strong health and student-achievement benefits of accommodating teenagers’ sleep patterns.
EdSource reporter Theresa Harrington, who wrote about the issue, explains why groups representing school boards and administrators strongly oppose Senate Bill 328. John and Louis speculate on whether Gov. Jerry Brown will sign it.
They also talk about the impact of banning for-profit charter schools; Brown signed legislation to do that last week.