California is the first state in the U.S. to pass legislation that will prohibit public schools from beginning too early in the morning. The new bill that was signed just earlier this week by Gov. Gavin Newsom will push back the public school starting times in order to look out for students’ health.

The bill states that public middle schools cannot open until 8 am and public high schools cannot open until 8:30 am. The bill was easily passed after multiple studies showed that school starting later can improve students’ academic performance proving higher grades, increase rates of attendance and also improve students’ overall health.

Lawmakers in California hope to see similar results after passing the bill. Do you think Minnesota should follow?


-Intern Megan