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Secretary of Education Calls for High Schoolers to Sleep In
At 3:32, the last bell rings at Lanphier High School.
If US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gets his way, this would only be a passing period for students heading to their next class.
"Good thing is you gotta wake up later, and you don't gotta get up early," Lanphier freshman Mysti Bowman said. "Bad thing is you don't get much to do homework and do free time."
This is an idea floating around the country by Arne Duncan.
He took to Twitter, suggesting high school students start later in the day in order to keep them awake in class.
"In a day and time where education is evolving so it's important to consider all options," Lanphier principal Artie Doss said.
Doss did not say if he agreed or disagreed with the secretary of education. Instead, he did voice his concern if students would be ready for the real world.
"Most jobs don't start at 10 o'clock in the daytime," Doss said. "They start in the morning. When we acclimate our students to go on to work, we want them to be prepared to start day one."
After-school activities would see effects from starting classes later in the day.
Lanphier assistant football coach David Powell believes it would benefit his players.
"I think it'll probably a little bit better attendance being here later in the day," Powell said. "It wouldn't hurt us because we can still go the same amount of time."
Students at Lanphier are split between getting the extra hours of sleep in the morning, or leaving school earlier in the day.
"It would be a lot harder to get your homework done at night because you'd have to stay up later," junior Madalynn Shures said.
"It would be awesome because I don't have to get up early," Mysti said.
"People are tired and lazy and it's hard to get their homework done," junior Rhavan Whittington said.
We talked to some parents after school. Many of them said the students should be preparing for their careers, especially those than begin in the morning.
There are at least 27 school districts in the country that already start high school classes after 9 a.m.
Duncan said that Washington would not mandate later starts for school districts across the nation. He said he would leave it up to local officials.