Former Sumter County Republican Party Executive Committee Chairman, Rep. John Temple’s legislation, HB 733, was recently signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis.

This legislation deals with an issue that is near and dear to John Temple: Opportunities for a quality education for our children.

Here is what you need to know about HB 733:

  • Establishes appropriate school start times as a zero-cost way to improve both academic scores and mental well-being.
  • Gives public traditional and charter middle and high school students the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep by requiring school start times no earlier than 8:00 a.m. for middle schools and 8:30 a.m. for high schools by July 1, 2026.

“What is the best way to prepare them for lifelong success?” Temple said in his closing remarks before the near unanimous vote for the bill in the House Choice & Innovation Subcommittee.  “Adjusting that start time would definitely have a positive impact.”

 “It’s critical that we set our students up for success. Science clearly shows that starting later will help our older students. Starting later has been proven to help academics, mental health, and safety on the roads,” Temple added.


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