SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - There's a new push for a later start time for high school students.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Wednesday that students learn better if they start their school day rested. And one way to make sure students get enough rest is to start the school day later.
Some people here in western Massachusetts told 22News they disagree. They are concerned a later start time may lead to a false understanding of what's expected in work settings.
“I think they should get up early because you have to with your real jobs,” said Gene Borowski of Chicopee. “So if you don't train in school, how will you do it in a career? Anybody that wants you toget up early, show up for the job, actually you're supposed to get there earlier than early.”
Secretary Duncan did say that the decision is ultimately up to local schools, and he will not be telling superintendents when the schedule their first bells.