Later Start To School Day Could Mean Better-Rested Students

WASHINGTON (September 4, 2013)--High school students would start classes later in the day and get more sleep if the nation's top education official has his way.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday studies show that students do better if they start their school day rested.

The decision is ultimately up to local schools, he said.

He said he won't be telling superintendents when to schedule their first bells.

Duncan acknowledged that a later start time could be problematic for bus schedules but said schools are there to serve students, not adults.

Duncan also says "common sense" tells him teenagers are struggling to wake up early and make it to the busses.

He says students who arrive at school rested and ready to learn do better.

Duncan spoke to NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show."

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