Tuesday, September 11

City Council overrides mayor's cell phone bill veto

Yesterday the City Council voted almost unanimously to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of the bill it passed last month permitting students to take their cell phones to and from school. But the mayor says the council's move "doesn't mean anything," because he controls what happens inside the schools, and he is set on not allowing any phones to ring. It's ironic that this saga is coming to a head six years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when cell phones proved an absolute relief to parents and kids citywide. And the news about the administration at Jamaica High School prohibiting school staff from calling 911 even in emergencies seems like yet another argument for kids to be able to bring cell phones to school.

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