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Friday, May 05, 2006

About that cell phone ban


Gee, there's been a school shooting, but I
can't reach my kid. I guess Bloomberg knows
best



Cell phone ban? Klein says hang on

BY ERIN EINHORN
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein may be willing to work around his ban on student cell phones - as long as they're not used in the classrooms.

"Cell phones in schools are a bad thing," he told the Daily News Editorial Board yesterday, stressing that he remains staunchly opposed to allowing working phones in schools.
.....................

His comments came as local pols and parents ramped up political pressure on the issue. Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, city Controller William Thompson, several ranking members of the City Council, including Education Committee Chairman Robert Jackson and Land Use Committee Chairwoman Melinda Katz, have all come out against the ban.

A citywide parents' group says it has collected more than 1,200 signatures on a petition opposing the ban.

And City Councilwoman Letitia James (WFP-Brooklyn) says she plans to introduce a resolution next week calling for a moratorium on cell phone confiscation.

James also is exploring whether the Council has the authority to override Mayor Bloomberg and Klein on the issue, she said. Cell phones have been forbidden in schools for years, but enforcement had been lax until a recent crackdown with roving metal detectors. Unannounced searches have led to day-long confiscations of hundreds of student phones since the ban was enforced last week.


Robert Jackson is the man who sued the state for equitable funding for New York City schools. He's about as well-versed in education issues as one can be. Klein is right about in school use. But parents want to reach their kids and if the city doesn't change the policy, then the law will probbaly be changed.

If it hadn't been for 9/11, this wouldn't be an issue, even though people couldn't use their cells. It's a security blanket, if nothing else

posted by Steve @ 12:08:00 PM

12:08:00 PM

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