Later Start Times for California Schools, Co-Authored by Senator Pan, Signed by Jerry Brown

State Senator Richard Pan

(Sacramento, Ca) In yet another reach by Sacramento into the territory of local jurisdiction, Sacramento have voted to force all schools to provide a later start time to students.

Senate Bill 328, also known as “The Pupil attendance: school start time imposes new duties on school districts and charter schools. The bill would impose a state-mandated local program and would encourage the State Department of Education to post specified information on its website, including research on the impact of sleep deprivation on adolescents and the benefits of a later school start time, and to advise school districts of this posting.

Although 80% of schools today start earlier than 8:30, the bill would require the school day for middle schools and high schools, including those operated as charter schools, to begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. by July 1, 2021, or the date on which a school district’s collective bargaining agreement that is operative on January 1, 2019, expires, whichever is later, except for rural school districts.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Pan’s History with Sacramento Overreach

State Senator Richard Pan represents District 6, which includes much of Sacramento County. Pan came into office in 2014 after serving in the state assembly.
Pan, who is most widely known for authoring SB 277, a legal requirement for all children attending any California school, pre-school or daycare to receive vaccinations without regard for parents to decide if vaccinations are appropriate for their child, also known as a “personal belief exemption.” Today, only a medical exemption provided by a doctor allows for a child to go to school without a vaccination. The ability for a family to decide its own course for these kinds of medical decisions was eliminated.

National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system, provides compensation to people found to be injured by certain vaccines. Even in cases in which such a finding is not made, petitioners may receive compensation through a settlement. Since the programs founding in 1988, 19,669 petitions have been filed with the VICP. Total compensation paid over the life of the program is approximately $3.9 billion in injury damage to recipients. When presented with this information, Pan responded that the common good outweighed the injury of a select few.

“There has been no study done on the current vaccination schedule that is required for California children to go to school,” stated Rosemary Turk, resident of Conejo Valley. “No one knows the long term outcome of this current number of vaccinations required for school entry and before the age of 5. These vaccines contain neurotoxic ingredients and are given during peak periods of brain development. They also contain known carcinogens, and each vaccine is not tested for carcinogenic or mutagenic effects or for fertility impairment. Doctors fear retribution by the state if they issue medical exemptions for children who, in their professional opinion, are vulnerable to vaccine injury or for patients who have a close family member who has already suffered vaccine injury. The government simply has no place in our doctor-patient relationship.”

Turk refers to Orange County pediatrician, Dr. Bob Sears, who was threatened by the Medical Board of California that they would revoke Sears’ medical license for writing a doctor’s note for a 2-year-old boy that exempted him from all childhood vaccinations. Ultimately, the medical board settled on a lesser punishment and ordered 35 months’ probation for Dr. Sears, well-known for being opposed to a mandated vaccination schedule.

Sears was the subject of reprimand because, according to the medical board, he wrote a vaccine exemption for a young boy without obtaining completed medical information, such as the child’s history of vaccines. He took the boy’s mother at her word when she said her son lost urinary function and went limp in response to previous immunizations, according to the filing.

The vast majority of claims for vaccine injury come from the flu vaccine followed by the TDaP vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (or whooping cough)) and the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella).

Pan has received an overwhelming response from outraged parents over his various bills with a recent lawsuit from two mothers who were blocked on his Twitter account. The lawsuit, filed on July 27, states they were blocked after using Pan’s Twitter site to discuss his efforts “to reduce medical freedom, parental decision-making rights, and other issues.” To read an article about this lawsuit, click here.


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