CLEVELAND -- A new study came out this month pointing to the benefits of starting school later in the morning, and some local districts and parents are debating the issue.
"It's not coddling kids. It's thinking about their health," says parent Melissa Meredith. Her school district's middle and high schools start at 7:20 a.m., and she hopes the the district will consider starting school later next year.
"It is hard to stay awake, especially in first period at school," says 14-year-old Taegan Meredith.
There is an effort across the country to at least have middle and high school kids start after 8 a.m., so they can get more sleep. A University of Minnesota study found kids with later school start times do better with tests and attendance, and it reduces car accidents.
The issue is that teens biologically aren't usually able to fall asleep until 11 p.m. or so during puberty. They need at least eight hours of sleep each night.
But school districts say there are issues with transportation, after-school activities and kids who have jobs after school.