Some Bronx parents protest cell phone ban in New York City public schools

Cell phones are banned in New York City public schools, but some parents are protesting this rule. The ban stems from a 1988 regulation that does not allow electronic devices in the classroom. The rule states the devices can cause distractions and possibly assist in cheating. Some Bronx parents, however, say they want their kids to be able to carry a cell phone in case of an emergency. Others say they feel more comfortable knowing they can get in touch with their child whenever it is necessary. New York City Public Schools Chancellor Joel Klein is reviewing the current ban and a decision is expected in the fall.

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