MPS Votes Down Cell Phones in Classrooms

A heated debate took place Thursday between members of the Montgomery County School Board.

The board was in a special meeting to vote on the changes to the code of student behavior. The major issues- changes to the dress code and allowing cell phones in school.

The board approved everything except allowing cell phones on campus. The debate came down to parental rights versus additional work for school staff.

Superintendent John Dilworth says he wants to give students a chance to show they are responsible. But the majority of board members say allowing cell  phones in school would create a disruption in the classroom and a bigger burden for teachers.

The board did approve other changes including altering the dress code, limiting the number of times a student may be paddled during a year and allowing principals to suspend students from the bus.

No word yet if Superintendent Dilworth will try again later on the cell phone issue.