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Cell towers at schools: scourge or income source?

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Flagpole300x197_2_3 Depends on whom you ask.

Schools face an ongoing battle to keep their budgets balanced without killing programs. Some officials have turned to cell tower leases as an easy way to raise money while providing better phone service.

Over in Palm Beach, the school district is weighing an end to its decade-long cell tower ban -- specifically to deal with its multimillion-dollar shortfall, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

In Hillsborough, the issue has turned into a battle with parents. They have fought two towers and this week focused on a County Commission rule allowing schools to permit the towers without public hearings. (The commission agreed to revisit that rule, under pressure.)

The storm might be brewing in Pasco, too.

Supporters say there's no evidence that cell towers pose any health risk. Opponents say there's no proof that they aren't dangerous, either.

So we're asking you. Cell phone towers on school grounds, scourge or income source? Weigh in below, and then look for our interview with Bill Cook, an organizer of Hillsborough's Parents Against Cell Towers at Schools, on Saturday.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:14am]

    

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