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Iowa schools ease up on cell phone bans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Administrators in school districts throughout central Iowa are rethinking the role that cells phones should have at school.

In Waukee, Marshalltown, Ackley and other cities, administrators are easing up on strict bans so students can now use cell phones during free time such as lunch. Many had banned the use of the devices during school hours.

Just a couple of years ago there was a statewide movement to tighten cell phone bans. Education officials were concerned that students would send text messages, even test answers, to friends during class time.

Researchers predict that U.S. students soon will use cell phones for educational purposes such as research on the Internet.

Waukee Superintendent Dave Wilkerson told a group of teachers at a welcome-back meeting this fall they are fighting a losing battle by banning cell phones.

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