There was a time in the not-too-distant past when bringing a cell phone or other hand-held digital device to school could earn a kid detention or a visit to the principal’s office, Asbury Park Press reports. But when Britney Lew starts her freshman year at Manalapan High School on Monday, her backpack will be fully stocked with notebooks, pencils and her Samsung Galaxy tablet — with the blessing of her mom and teachers. “You can read books on it and use the Internet to research,” said Lew, 14, of Manalapan. “We can exchange emails, and (teachers) can email us lessons.”

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