Officials do away with unpopular ban, leave cell phone use to educators' discretion

cell-phoneA Bloomberg-era ban on students possessing cell phones in New York City public schools is being lifted, the Department of Education said on Jan. 7.

Under the policy shift, formally announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, all 1.1 million of the city's public school students will be allowed to bring in cellphones and other electronic devices beginning March 2.

"I do think we need to become part of the modern world," Fariña said at the announcement...

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