Cheap Talk Incentive

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
said yesterday that he was considering a proposal to give some city
students free cellphones and to reward high performance with free
airtime, but emphasized that he had no intention of lifting the ban on
cellphones in the schools.

“It’s something we’ll take a look at,” the mayor said of the proposal
being pushed by Roland G. Fryer, a Harvard economist who joined the
Education Department this year as chief equality officer.