Ban on Cellphones in New York City Schools to Be Lifted

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New York City’s Department of Education plans to announce that it will lift the ban on cellphones in schools.

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised during his campaign to roll back the ban, saying it was important for parents to be able to contact their children. But the phones, which would be regulated on a school-by-school basis, can pose numerous problems. Some principals, particularly those of schools with high rates of behavioral problems, have privately said they oppose lifting the ban. They worry about the potential for cheating and the risk of theft. When fights break out, they say, students with cellphones in their pockets can summon a much larger crowd.


Ban on Cellphones in New York City Schools to Be Lifted