The New York Times reports that New York City school officials have agreed to postpone legal hearings on the school system’s controversial cell phone ban. The decision reportedly will allow school officials time to consider an alternative policy that would allow students to pay to check their cell phones at the schoolhouse door. The cell phone ban, which was upheld by city schools chief Joel I. Klein earlier this month, has been a subject of contention among parents, many of whom feel their children should be allowed to carry cell phones in school to use in the event of emergencies (Note: requires free registration.)