NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is lifting a longtime ban that prevented children from having cellphones in New York City public schools.
De Blasio announced the policy change Wednesday afternoon in a news conference at a Brooklyn school. If approved by the Panel for Educational Policy, the new policy would go into effect March 2.READ MORE: New York State Legislature Votes To Curb Gov. Cuomo's Emergency Powers
“This will empower our parents, this will strengthen our parents’ ability to protect their children and be there for our children and this is a policy that actually responds to the needs of our parents,” de Blasio said.