New York City is lifting its ban on cell phones in schools

New York City’s Department of Education has decided to do away with a ban on student cell phone use in public schools, ending a nine-year-old rule that was enacted when smartphones were barely a thing. The ban was originally put into place by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg under the guise that cell phones were not only a distraction to students, but also a potential privacy issue for schools if students were to use them to take illicit photographs.

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