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August 24, 2016
How should schools handle sexting? Not like they are now, Denver professor says
A Denver professor argues for a different approach to sexting: Let teens do it as long as its consensual and focus on discouraging privacy violations and harassment.
ring in midyear
March 2, 2015
As new cell phone policy debuts, some Bronx students wait and watch
At the Walton Education Complex in the Bronx, the green truck known for holding onto student cell phones still reigns supreme — for now.
March 2, 2015
Teachers, parents react to first day of school cell phone ban lift
City students were allowed to bring their cell phones to school Monday, a policy change that garnered mixed reactions from parents and teachers.
January 16, 2015
Poll: New Yorkers back de Blasio’s cell phone policy change
While some educators remain worried that texts, tweets and selfies could be classroom distractions, the majority of New York voters in a Quinnipiac poll…
January 9, 2015
Yes, it’s time to embrace cell phones in class
Teacher John Giambalvo argues that educators shouldn't overlook specific, academic ways to use phones as soon as they are allowed.
Call for change
January 7, 2015
Educators remain cautious as city prepares to lift cell phone ban
At the news that the city would soon be ending its ban on cell phones in schools, many students and parents reacted with excitement. No longer would students have to pay a bodega to store their phone, concoct schemes to hide or sneak phones into school buildings, or worry about being able to reach their child.
End of an era
January 6, 2015
De Blasio set to announce end of cell phone ban
Mayor Bill de Blasio said that cell phone ban in schools will be lifted as early as March 2 and principals will be tasked with coming up with their own rules for how cell phones can be used on school grounds, according to the Daily News.
August 5, 2010
How to get around the cell phone ban at Automotive High School
Today in Williamsburg, I ran into two high school seniors on their way back from summer school. The students — Miguel, 18, and Edward, 20…
July 20, 2009
No more free messages for text-happy principals
Department of Education employees reined in their text-message habits this month after a change meant to curb unprofessional use of city-owned phones. Since July 15, thousands of principals, assistant principals, and members of the central administration have had to prove that they send text messages for professional reasons. Then they can pay $20 a month to have the service reactivated, spokeswoman Ann Forte said. (Principals can subtract the charge from their school budgets, according to Forte.) All parent coordinators have cell phones and will retain their text messaging capability, Forte said. The department pledged in May to cut $20 million from its central administration budget. Eliminating text messaging could save some money, but the change was not meant as a cost-cutting measure, Forte said. Instead, she said, it was an attempt to curb excessive personal use of city-owned phones. The department will reactivate the service for employees who prove that they text for professional reasons, Forte said.
February 9, 2009
Dukes asks Assembly to bite the mayor like that groundhog did
Hazel Dukes, president of the New York NAACP, urged Assembly members to make changes to mayoral control By now you know a bunch of the highlights from the big mayoral control hearing Friday. Diane Ravitch argued for taking power away from the mayor, the administration argued for keeping it, and some students summed the whole thing up pretty nicely. But there were other highlights, too, that I didn't go over Friday. Here's a rundown: New York NAACP President Hazel Dukes charged the Bloomberg administration with over-stating its civil rights accomplishments. "Despite repeated claims, the achievement gap has not diminished in any grades or subjects since this administration came to office," she said. Dukes also advised Assembly members to carve into the mayor's control of the schools by adding checks and balances to the power of the mayor and chancellor. "You got to put the teeth in now, and when they don't do it, just like that groundhog did the other day, you're going to have to bite," she said. "We need to make sure that no man, not any man in this city or woman can just have all the power about our children." Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, whose sister is the famous TV personality Rosie O'Donnell, criticized the Bloomberg administration for having too few educators control education policy. He described a meeting with a senior education policy aide to the mayor. When O'Donnell asked about her background, the adviser said she went to school, became a lawyer, and has siblings who are educators. "My sister used to have a very famous talk show, but that doesn't make me qualified to be an executive at NBC," O'Donnell said.
October 6, 2008
Schools try new strategies in cell phone wars
Cell phones are banned in the New York City schools, but elsewhere, EdWeek reports, frustrated school officials are trying new tactics.
June 25, 2008
Most innovative advertiser in the world: the DOE
It's been a big year for the DOE. In September, it won the Broad Prize, given each year to an urban school district that has improved its poor and minority students' test scores. This spring, students continued on their upward trajectory, at least according to the state math and reading scores that were released yesterday. But the biggest coup may have happened this past weekend, when the DOE, in partnership with the agency Droga5, snagged a prestigious international advertising award given each year to the “most innovative and ground-breaking idea” in advertising. The DOE took home the Cannes Lion Titanium Award for the "Million" Motivation Campaign, which aims to increase students’ engagement with school through the use of cell phones. Through a partnership with Verizon and Samsung, the DOE gave cell phones to 2,500 students in seven middle schools. The number of minutes available to each student depended on their performance in school; a child who successfully completed all of his work, therefore, would have more minutes to use than a lackluster student. When the program launched last fall, the DOE planned to use the phones to deliver motivational text and voice messages, sometimes from celebrities such as Jay-Z; it’s not clear whether that portion of the campaign has been rolled out yet.
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