A new proposal to help students deal with New York City's controversial ban on cell phones in public schools is getting a lot of buzz, but it might hit a dead zone first. Officials say they are exploring whether to install special lockers outside some schools to store students' cell phones, a development that delayed recent court arguments on the ban. Plenty of parents and students who oppose the ban, however, are signaling pessimism about the logistics.

"I wish it would work, but I just know it won't," said Dorothy Giglio, 53, a co-president of...

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