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Proposed bill could ban cell phones at California schools

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Posted at 8:33 AM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 11:34:17-04

(KGTV) - A proposed bill could ban students from using cell phones in California schools.

Assembly Bill 272, proposed by 66th District Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), would require school boards to limit or outright ban the use of cell phones on campus during school hours.

The bill states: “There is growing evidence that unrestricted use of smartphones by pupils at elementary and secondary schools during the school day interferes with the educational mission of the schools, lowers pupil performance, particularly among low-achieving pupils, promotes cyberbullying, and contributes to an increase in teenage anxiety, depression, and suicide.”

Many California districts have already implemented rules that prohibit students from using phones at school.

Should the bill pass, it would require individual school boards to adopt their own policies, including allowing student cell phone use in the event of an emergency.