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NYC Ban on Cell Phones Upheld

A New York state appeals court upheld the New York City school system's controversial rules prohibiting students from carrying cell phones in schools, the Associated Press reports.

The ruling in Price v. New York City Board of Education comes from the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division. Keep in mind that in New York, the Supreme Court is the trial court level, the Supreme Court Appellate Division is the intermediate appeals court, and the Court of Appeals is the state's highest court.

"Ultimately, while the parents present cogent reasons why they would like their children to carry cell phones during the school day, our role is not to choose between two legitimate but competing interests," the appeals panel said. "Because the cell phone policy was within the department's power, judicial interference is not warranted."

Education Week reported on the cell-phone controversy in New York City schools here.

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