ID Chipping Children & The Education Funding RacketSubmitted by McWilly on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 15:48
Lions of Liberty: Children in Texas (and across the nation) are encountering a troubling invasion of personal privacy, in the guise of “safety” and to reduce truancy, as school after school adopts RFID tracking chips. Students are being forced to carry around the tracking chips, which provide exact GPS location, in student ID cards that have to be worn around the neck. From Huffpo:
The “Student Locator Project,” which is slated to eventually reach 112 Texas schools and close to 100,000 students, is in trial stages in two Northside district schools. In an effort to reduce truancy, the district has issued new student IDs with an embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip that tracks the location of a student at all times.
On the surface, school districts are arguing that this measure is simply to reduce truancy and to provide added safety to students, but as the Huffington Post points out, the real motivation behind it is to get additional funding from the state.
If successful, the tracking program could save the district as much as $175,000 lost daily to low attendance figures, which in part determine school funding. Higher attendance could lead to more state funding in the neighborhood of $1.7 million
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