Mayor de Blasio vows to end cellphone ban in NYC schools

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Cellphones are not allowed in NYC public schools, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to change that.

Michael Bloomberg enforced the cellphone ban while he was in office. But de Blasio admits the ban is being unevenly enforced and hopes to develop a plan that will apply to all schools, according to the Daily News.

de Blasio believes it is a "safety issue" for parents to keep track of their kids, headed to and from school.

Under the current policy, students caught with their phones on school property, may either have them confiscated for the day, or face detention.

As a candidate for mayor, de Blasio promised to have the ban lifted. Nine months after de Blasio has taken office, the no-phone policy is still in effect.

Currently, the ban is being enforced in schools located in high-crime neighborhoods.