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New Bill to Limit Cell Phone Use in Schools Aims to Boost Student Well-being

A proposed bill in the state Senate is set to introduce a pilot program that mandates the use of lockable bags for storing students’ cell phones during school hours. Spearheaded by Sen. Ryan Aument, the initiative seeks to enhance students’ academic performance and mental and physical health by minimizing distractions and reducing liability for schools.

The program requires participating districts to develop specific usage policies and mandates a comprehensive review of its effects on student well-being after two years. Research highlighting a correlation between increased smartphone and social media use and declining student health supports the bill. However, concerns have been raised about the flexibility of the storage solutions proposed, with some lawmakers advocating for a more open-minded approach as the program develops. The bill is currently pending further debate in the Senate.


Earl L. Crawford, Jr. 1937-2024

Earl worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 30 years before going into business for himself at Crawford Tire from 1981 until 2019.

Dennis W. Flythe 1953-2024

Denny attended Greencastle Antrim High School and graduated from Delaware State University. He focused on providing for his family and creating a legacy.

Arnold W. Wagaman 1939-2024

Arnie was employed at Mack Truck as a quality control specialist until his retirement; a total of 39 years. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing and gardening.

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