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California Will Now Require Middle and High Schools To Start Later

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Call it a win for the snooze button.

California will become the first state in the nation to require later start times for middle and high schools as part of a new law signed Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Senate Bill 328 prevents middle schools from ringing the first bell before 8 a.m. and blocks high schools from starting class any earlier than 8:30 a.m. Districts statewide have to adopt the new start-time rules no later than July 1, 2022, a change that could affect several million students.

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