Aug 18, 2017, Santa Clarita Signal: A later start to the school day? Why California could delay the bell https://signalscv.com/2017/08/18/later-start-school-day-california-delay-bell/ Democratic state Sen. Anthony Portantino of La Cañada Flintridge says you can count him among them. He’s struggled to get his own sleepy teenage daughter up and out the door on school days, and now he’s carrying Senate Bill 328, which would make California the first state in the nation to prohibit public middle and high schools from starting first period any earlier than 8:30 a.m.... Research shows two-thirds of adolescents aren’t getting enough sleep and that the consequences are far-reaching. ...Sleepy teens are more likely to slip into depression or use drugs and less likely to graduate from high school. … Still, Portantino says he’s siding with science and calls the proposal a response to a “public health crisis” that California shouldn’t ignore.