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    NYC schools to give students cell phones

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    OK I don't know if this is a good idea or not. I found a few articles talking about how the NY City school district is considering giving students cell phones to "inspire them to stay in school" or to do better.

    How's this for an interesting bit of irony: The same New York City mayor who has banned cell phones in schools has embraced a plan to give cell phones to underachieving students as a way to inspire them to learn and stay in school.
    http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/devlin/20168

    They also feel they could offer educational information over the cell phone.

    Mr. Klein and Dr. Fryer said they hoped that celebrities like the rapper Jay-Z, the comedian Chris Rock and the basketball star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers would participate by sending text messages or calling students who succeed. Grades, attendance and completion of assignments will all be considered signs of success.

    Mr. Klein said that teachers would be encouraged to provide extra information for homework assignments through the phone, and officials hoped that the devices will include high-speed Internet access.
    I don't want to flood this thread with the long article(s) so here are a few links if you wish to read more about it.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/13/ed...in&oref=slogin

    http://www.rcrnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...9003/1007/FREE

    http://communities.canada.com/financ...ell-phone.aspx
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    Re: NYC schools to give students cell phones

    Wait aren't parents giving their kids cell phones at age 2 now anyway?

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    Re: NYC schools to give students cell phones

    Mr. ____________ would you please come down to the school to pick up the phone we gave him then confiscated because he was using it in class?

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    This is interesting. Its funny how the city wants to give them phones, but the will be banned in school. Here's your new phone, just don't bring it to school. lol

    Sounds like a nightmare waiting to happen to be honest. So what happens if the city decides it doesn't want to continue the program? I wonder who foots the bill for the 15,000 devices...tax payers?
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    Re: NYC schools to give students cell phones

    Wow that would be hard , because if they sent a text from their phones wouldnt their numbers show up!!??

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    Re: NYC schools to give students cell phones

    It would prolly be sometime type of generic text message (like a system message on a blackberry)
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    Re: NYC schools to give students cell phones

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranz View Post
    Wow that would be hard , because if they sent a text from their phones wouldnt their numbers show up!!??
    yep unless the school is also footing devices for those people too haha. Or they use a webportal or "dummy account".

    My question is how will this all be funded. Are they going to raise city/county/state tax? Or perhaps school/property tax in that area. Someone has to pay for all those devices, the service (voice, text, and web), then most likely a bit of money to the celebs to be involved.
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    Re: NYC schools to give students cell phones

    That's stupid. Sorry.
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    Re: NYC schools to give students cell phones

    In the town where i work, kids has cell phones in the kindergarden, and its getting to be a problems for teachers to teach the class as the kid are calling there parents all the time on them.

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    Re: NYC schools to give students cell phones

    Quote Originally Posted by cliffr39 View Post
    yep unless the school is also footing devices for those people too haha. Or they use a webportal or "dummy account".

    My question is how will this all be funded. Are they going to raise city/county/state tax? Or perhaps school/property tax in that area. Someone has to pay for all those devices, the service (voice, text, and web), then most likely a bit of money to the celebs to be involved.
    there goes our gas prices and increased taxes.....hmmm, that would bite!

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