In a recent article by Huffington Post, parents of a Texas school were protesting the use of “smart” IDs to track their children.
Referred to as the “Student Locator Project” this program was implemented fall 2012, board officials indicated that the use of this ID chip would bring in and estimated $1.7 million in revenue based on higher attendance.
The article did not indicate the percentage of parents that disagreed with the decision or state whether the parents’ input was requested before the implementation of the policy.
According to the article, “In fact, attendance is another major reason for implementing this new ID system according to NISD's website:
Through more efficient attendance management, schools can generate additional revenues by identifying students who are not in their seats during roll call but who are in the school and locate them.”
So what are the true reasons for implementation of this type of policy? Is it safety, revenue or control?
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Sonja Cassandra Perdue
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