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California Lawmakers Debate Later School Start Times

San Diego High School is pictured in this undated photo.

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California Lawmakers Debate Later School Start Times

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Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge

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San Diego Unified School District students return to school on Monday. In many San Diego high schools, first period starts around 7:30 a.m. But that could all change under a bill being debated in the California legislature.

SB 328 would prohibit middle and high schools from starting classes before 8:30 a.m.

The bill's sponsor, state Senate Democrat Anthony Portantino said, in schools that have later start times, students do better. But critics believe, because of the cost and inconvenience involved, decisions on school start times should be left up to local districts.

RELATED: Proposed California Bill Calls For Later School Start Times

Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, authored the bill. He joins Midday Edition Wednesday to discuss the its potential impact.

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