Magazine article Curriculum Review

Charge for "Cell Phone Retrieval" Raises Significant Funds for Schools

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Charge for "Cell Phone Retrieval" Raises Significant Funds for Schools

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Cell phone usage during school hours is a nuisance and some school districts in North Texas are cracking down, reports the Star-Telegram (8/29/09). Fort Worth, for example, launched a poster campaign to remind students that if their phones are confiscated they must pay a $15 fee to get it back.

It's difficult to have an outright ban on cell phones, as many students use their phones as calendars or calculators. Still, cell phones are distracting and at this point the argument for keeping them out of the classroom is strong. In Fort Worth, secondary students can have their phones in school if they are turned off and out of sight unless special permission is granted. Students up through grade five are not allowed to have cell phones in school, period.

At some schools, like Grapevine-Colleyville (where there is also a retrieval fee), rules have been relaxed so high school students may have their phones on silent or vibrate mode before and after school, at lunch and between classes. …

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