California's SB 328, introduced in February 2017 by California State Senator Anthony Portantino, would have required middle and high schools to start at 8:30 a.m. or later. (These start times are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and many others because of the significant health implications of too-early start times for adolescents.). Although the bill passed both the Assembly and the Senate with bipartisan support, it was vetoed by Governor Brown on Sept. 20, 2018.
As the co-chair of Start School Later California, I worked closely with Senator Portantino’s office to craft a comprehensive communications strategy. This included creating communications materials, testifying before the Assembly Education Committee, conducting media outreach and interviews (radio, print and web), and serving as a liaison with leading researchers, community members and volunteers.
Click here to read an EdSource.org article from Sept 20, 2018, in which I was quoted about the bill’s veto.
Click here to hear my interview on Forum, on NPR's Bay Area affiliate KQED, which aired Aug. 8, 2017.
Click here to see footage of my testimony supporting SB 328 at the California State Assembly Education Committee meeting on July 12, 2017.