contest: Cell phones okay in schools?
There's an opportunity to meet with state leaders and Sacramento
journalists for the 10 high school juniors and seniors who write
the best essays about cell phones at school.
essay contest is sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, a civic education
collaboration between the Center for California Studies at California
State University, Sacramento and the State Legislature.
will receive roundtrip travel to Sacramento on Thursday, March 20,
to take part in LegiSchool's daylong Student Journalism Summit.
The day will include participating in a student-run press conference
with members of the State Legislature, lunch at the Capitol, tours
of the Capitol and the Golden State Museum, and an afternoon roundtable
discussion with local journalists.
phones had been banned in California public schools for 14 years
until September, when Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation allowing
school districts to decide the issue on their own. He cited concerns
about school safety.
must answer the following: What is your school's policy on cell
phone use at school? Do you agree or disagree? Explain. Do you think
that students feel more secure at school with cell phones or do
you feel that cell phones at school are too disruptive to the learning
environment? Does the ability to carry a cell phone at school further
the divide between those who can and cannot afford a cell phone?
must be typed, double-spaced and 750 words or less. Submissions
should include the student's name, home address, phone number, name
of high school and teacher who announced the contest. They must
be postmarked by Jan. 13 and submitted to: CSUS, Center for California
Studies, LegiSchool Essay Contest, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA
information is available by contacting the LegiSchool Project (916)
278-6906. Media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public
affairs at (916) 278-6156.