According to reports by public radio station WNYC, The New York Post, and other organizations, some New York City public school students are paying $1 a day to store their cell phones at local stores or trucks. Students who attend schools with metal detectors are paying to check their phone for the day, which means that Mayor Bloomberg's 2006 ban on cell phones in public schools in the city has resulted in the growth of a $4 million cottage industry, funded by students without many resources. These news reports have reopened an old debate about whether schools, both public and private, should allow cell phone use. Parents claim they need to reliably be able to reach their children during the school day, while schools claim cell phone use leads to incessant texting at best and rampant cheating at worst. Read more about the ongoing debate about cell phone use in school and use the comment below to weigh in on whether cell phones should be allowed in school.
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