Long Beach Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Opposition Statement to the Late School Start Time Bill


October 14, 2019

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O’Donnell Opposition Statement on Late School Start Time Bill

Senate Bill 328 Jeopardizes Local Control At the Expense of Student Success

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom signing Senate Bill 328:

“The signing of SB 328 into law is a threat to local control and student success across our state. This law allows the school bell schedule to be set by Sacramento. All high schools that will be required to start at 8:30 AM may not even start at that time or may start even later. While we might all agree that kids need more sleep, we know that this law will not ensure that happens.

This law will have many negative impacts, including:

  • Sending the signal that the era of local control is out, and the era of “Sacramento knows best” is in
  • Threatening morning sport, agricultural, and other academic opportunities
  • Exploding the cost of student transportation by requiring the purchase of new buses
  • Harming a school’s ability to use block scheduling that can ensure more student academic time
  • Burdening working families that do not have the ability to have a parent stay home to transport children to school
  • Sending the signal that political science means more than sleep science – studies indicate starting later only ensures that students go to bed later.

Again, it appears the days of local control that we fought so hard to preserve are numbered with the signing of this bill. This expensive mandate is bad policy and a perfect example of Sacramento overreach.”


Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.