When Connecticut's last public school handbook was issued in 1985, few students had their own telephones and few schools were equipped with computers. Of course, times have changed.

The new version of Connecticut Public School Students' Handbook on Rights and Responsibilities, issued in January, deals with such issues as the use of beepers and cell phones at school and the use of school computers to download pornography from the internet.

Students are advised that school officials have the right to search their personal lockers if they are suspected of containing contraband. They also are informed that

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