Tuesday, July 03, 2012
By Beth Fertig
Most of the City Council's 51 members have signed a letter urging the schools chancellor to lift the city's ban on cellphones in public schools. The letter calls the current policy "inconsistent and possibly discriminatory" because it's enforced mostly at schools with metal detectors.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
In the news this Wednesday, questions about the state's laws on sexual abuse in light of the allegations surrounding Horace Mann, and stalled progress in Albany to move against public schoolteachers who abuse students. Also, does the city know enough before implementing new special education policies citywide? What about parents? And a thief takes students' cellphones.
Friday, October 28, 2011
By Patricia Willens : Editor, WNYC News
The ban on cellphones in schools is not new, but it still inspires many opinions and hot debate. WNYC reported on the topic, and hosted a talk show segment on Thursday, and the callers and SchoolBook users are still talking. Listen to the report and join the discussion on whether the ban has run its course, and how some educators are embracing the technology in the classroom.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
By Beth Fertig
Five years ago, the city started aggressively enforcing its 1998 ban on electronics to keep cellphones out of schools, except for students with medical conditions. Yet today, students at most schools know they can get away with carrying their phones unless they flaunt them. It is the students at schools with metal detectors who pay a price for following the rules, by using trucks and bodegas to stash their phones for a dollar a day.