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Should high schools start later?

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A later start to the school day would help high school students get the most out of their education, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

Hours after Duncan discussed how he believes research shows teenagers struggle to wake up and more sleep would mean more focus in the classroom, Bay area parents and students reacted to the idea.

"I think it would be nice to be able to sleep in more because a lot of high school activities are late at night," said Lauren Muller, a senior at Plant High School.

"I'd get a lot more sleep than I do now, and I have a lot of free time after school," Robinson High School Freshman Ryan Zesiger said.

The majority of high schools in Hillsborough County start around 7:30 a.m. That is approximately between 30 and 90 minutes earlier than most elementary and middle schools in the county.

Some are concerned, however, that a later start time could be an added cost to parents.

"It would be a heaping cost on the families to support the kids being at home," said Avi Sachdev of Tampa. "Every single parent should realize that kids should go to school in normal work hours because those are the hours that they can gain a lot more from the system."

But Ryan Zesiger's mother, Kelsey, disagreed saying the earlier start time can actually create more of a burden.

"Actually, it puts strain on me now trying to get him so early," she said. "I think it would help his focus throughout the day. However, I think it might be a negative that he would extend later in the day."

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