Ohio is working to ban cell phones in schools — could PA be following in their footsteps? 

March 14 — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine laid out a plan to ban cell phones in schools during a roundtable discussion on his policy agenda yesterday at a Dublin City school. 

DeWine cited a growing body of research on how cell phones affect mental health, academic performance and social well being of school students. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “The reporting is that it got a very warm reception in that room yesterday. Ohio, like Pennsylvania, has locally controlled school districts.” 

There are more than 700 school districts in Ohio. 

Barkdoll said, “DeWine wants this taken up though, at the state level, actual legislation that would ban these phones. That’s something everyone needs to watch because if Ohio does it, might you see traction in other states to follow the same model? I think there’s a lot of public support for this at this point.” 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Even Chris Bigger (Chambersburg Area School District superintendent) had support for that. He put up an Instagram post and we called yesterday and I’ll call it for today. Let’s not wait for Ohio. Let’s not wait for anybody. Let’s just pull the switch now, Superintendent Bigger.”

Barkdoll added, “I would throw into that why not do it on an experimental basis at the school district level? Ban it for a month. Ban for two months, just see what happens. I mean, what would the harm be? I’m encouraged to hear that, too, out of Chambersburg.”