Anthony J. Portantino

Education Matters: Congratulations premature on start times resolution

Yes, it was purely symbolic. Nevertheless, San Dieguito trustees missed a perfect opportunity at the Sept. 14 board meeting to take a courageous stand in support of later school start times.

San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Eric Dill asked trustees to consider adopting a resolution in favor of Senate bill 328 which would have mandated that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

The vote was 2-3, with the usual suspects on either side. My earlier congratulations for proposing the resolution was premature.

This is not an arbitrary or minor debate. This is a serious public health issue for teenagers.

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