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When Lifting a School Cellphone Ban Is a Win for Poor Students

New York City’s public school district is gearing up to scrap a controversial policyforbidding its 1.1 million students from having cellphones on campus. The thing is, plenty of students are already ignoring the ban. It turns out some of the poorest kids in the city are the ones who will notice the change most.

The decision to lift the ban was prompted by safety concerns. Mobile phones aren’t just for snapchatting but a way for kids to let parents know where they are. And with teen cellphone ownership rates so high, an ongoing ban increasingly seemed impractical—if not impossible. Civil rights activists call the move inevitable and long overdue.