Horne criticizes Hobbs' veto of bill to restrict cellphones in public schools

By Kirsten Dorman
Published: Friday, April 12, 2024 - 2:37pm

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Arizona schools Superintendent Tom Horne on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed 30 bills into law this week, and vetoed five others.

One of the vetoed measures would have restricted internet access and cell-phone usage for students while in public schools. In a letter explaining her veto, Hobbs wrote that schools are already addressing cellphone use on campus, making the bill unnecessary.

State schools chief Tom Horne released a statement Friday criticizing the veto.

Horne claims that parents supported the ban, saying teachers shouldn’t have to put up with interference from the "invasion of mobile devices in schools."

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