Van Nuys, Calif. – The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) applauds Governor Brown’s decision to veto Senate Bill 328 (Portantino), which would have prohibited public middle and high schools from starting the school day before 8:30 a.m. This bill was based on limited academic research and would have placed a significant financial burden on school districts. We are glad to see that Governor Brown agreed that this one size fits all mandate would have completely failed to consider the unique needs of communities across California.
VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
“Delaying school start time really would have thrown working parents under the bus. These parents would have been unable to get their kids to school if the later start time conflicted with their own work hours.”
“This was just bad policy. There is no clear evidence showing that a later school start time would actually lead to more sleep. Kids are more likely to play an extra half hour of videogames than use the time to sleep in. I am pleased to see that the governor understands that this extra time would have come at the expense of parents and school districts.”
“Sacramento clearly thought it knew what’s best for our local students, but Governor Brown knows that school start time belongs under local control. This one size fits all mandate failed to consider the unique needs of communities across the state.”
VICA strongly believes that a one size fits all approach will create fiscal challenges for home-to-school transportation and the availability of before and after school programs.
The mission of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is to enhance the economic vitality of the greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. Visit www.vica.com for more information.