April 23, 2008
Court Upholds School Ban on Cell Phones
A ban on cellphones in the nation's largest school system was upheld Tuesday by a state appeals court. The WSJ reports.
"City lawyers argued that education officials had the right to make policy decisio -- "the kind government officials make all the time" -- about devices students are allowed to have at school.
The state Supreme Court's Appellate Division agreed. It said that nothing about the ban interferes with any of the rights claimed by the parents, nor does it prevent students and their parents from communicating before and after school.
New York has more than 1,400 schools and 1.1 million students.
"We are extremely disappointed", said Norman Siegel, a lawyer for the parents and students. "We strongly believe the ban is unconstitutional and illegal, and we will not rest until the prohibition is reversed."
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