Ban on cellphones in NYC schools draws controversy

There currently is a ban on cellphones in New York City schools, but Chancellor Joel Klein is feeling the heat as some local politicans and parent groups are saying the ban prevents parents from keeping track of their kids, especially when the school day is over.

Klein said he has thought about ways to make the phones useless in school such as a jamming technology, but the cost of implementing it in a city of this size would be expensive and difficult to manage at best.

It's obvious that as cellphones continue to become a necessary item for people of all ages, the regulation of their use in schools is an issue that needs to be discussed and resolved. Maybe just turning in your phone at the beginning of the day and picking it up when you're dismissed might be an answer. In any case, an outright ban on them from even being brought into a school seems too authoritarian and difficult to enforce.

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