Though no one has done a comprehensive survey on the topic, anecdotal evidence suggests many K-12 classrooms still don't have telephones. Yet surveys of teachers and school administrators find they believe numerous benefits could be realized by the simple installation of phones in every classroom.

The Texas Center for Educational Technology found that teachers and administrators believe phones would:

• Improve parent-teacher communications;

• Facilitate school-wide and district-wide communications;

• Provide another way to discipline students;


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