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Minnesota lawmakers look to curtail student cellphone use in school

St. Anthony Middle School went cellphone-free this year, and behavioral referrals tied to negative social media posts are down from 30 or more a year ago to just one so far this school year, Principal Amy Kujawski said last week.

At Maple Grove Middle School, with cell phones gone, kids are happy and talking, eyes ahead in hallways and in the lunchroom, and no longer locked in power struggles with teachers, Principal Patrick Smith said.

The Minnesota House is hoping to build on such successes through legislation calling upon districts and charter schools to adopt cellphone use policies by March 15, 2025.


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