Start times for high school and middle school being pushed back

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Start times for high school and middle school being pushed back

Vista Middle School students Bao Diep, 11, and Mason Whittlesey, 13, construct roller coasters in one of several of the workshops available to middle and high school students during the Noyce Scholars Earth Day event on Saturday, April 9. Photo Credit: Tessie Navarro / Staff Photographer

Vista Middle School students Bao Diep, 11, and Mason Whittlesey, 13, construct roller coasters in one of several of the workshops available to middle and high school students during the Noyce Scholars Earth Day event on Saturday, April 9. Photo Credit: Tessie Navarro / Staff Photographer

Vista Middle School students Bao Diep, 11, and Mason Whittlesey, 13, construct roller coasters in one of several of the workshops available to middle and high school students during the Noyce Scholars Earth Day event on Saturday, April 9. Photo Credit: Tessie Navarro / Staff Photographer

Vista Middle School students Bao Diep, 11, and Mason Whittlesey, 13, construct roller coasters in one of several of the workshops available to middle and high school students during the Noyce Scholars Earth Day event on Saturday, April 9. Photo Credit: Tessie Navarro / Staff Photographer

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According to a statement released on Feb.13, Sen. Anthony Portantino has proposed a bill that would push the start times for middle and high schools to be 8:30 a.m. or later.

Portantino pushed for the bill and said it would better meet the health needs of adolescent students. Portantino believes having later start times will increase scholastic achievement and statewide attendance.

Increasing attendance would also increase school funding. Raising attendance by 1 percent would generate $40 million annually.

Matador News Reporter Max Goen has more on the story and reactions from CSUN students.