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Texas Students will be tracked via chips in IDs

Northside Independent School District plans to track students next year on two of its campuses using technology implanted in their student identification cards in a trial that could eventually include all 112 of its schools and all of its nearly 100,000 students.

District officials said the Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) tags would improve safety by allowing them to locate students —and count them more accurately at the beginning of the school day to help offset cuts in state funding, which is partly based on attendance.

Northside, the largest school district in Bexar County, plans to modify the ID cards next year for all students attending John Jay High School, Anson Jones Middle School and all special education students who ride district buses. That will add up to about 6,290 students.

The school board unanimously approved the program late Tuesday but, in a rarity for Northside trustees, they hotly debated it first, with some questioning it on privacy grounds.

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Take a hole puncher to it!


The poor kids would probably get jail time for doing that,Modern

I read a post here on the DP earlier today where a judge in Houston put a 17 year old girl in jail for missing too many classes. Mindblowing! I missed 23 days in my accounting class in highschool (1981) and still got a "C". They only cared if you learned the material back then...school had not yet turned into a confinement center. We were still taught false history and other useless stuff but the atmosphere was a whole lot less regimented.