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Students will be tracked via chips in IDs

Posted By yihan On May 25, 2012 @ 8:14 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Francisco Vara-Orta
mySA [1]
Friday, May 25, 2012

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.
State officials and national school safety experts said the technology was introduced in the past decade but has not been widely adopted. Northside’s deputy superintendent of administration, Brian Woods, who will take over as superintendent in July, defended the use of RFID chips at Tuesday’s meeting, comparing it to security cameras. He stressed that the program is only a pilot and not permanent.

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[1] mySA: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/article/Students-will-be-tracked-via-chips-in-IDs-3584339.php#ixzz1vsssNfl7

[2] Texas Students will be tracked via chips in IDs: http://www.prisonplanet.com/texas-students-will-be-tracked-via-chips-in-ids.html

[3] Texas schools punish students who refuse to be tracked with microchips: http://www.prisonplanet.com/texas-schools-punish-students-who-refuse-to-be-tracked-with-microchips.html

[4] Texas Students Revolt Against Mandatory RFID Tracking Chips: http://www.prisonplanet.com/texas-students-revolt-against-mandatory-rfid-tracking-chips.html

[5] Students who refuse to be micro-chipped are punished by tyrannical Texas schools: http://www.prisonplanet.com/students-who-refuse-to-be-micro-chipped-are-punished-by-tyrannical-texas-schools.html

[6] Texas truant students to be tracked by GPS anklets: http://www.prisonplanet.com/texas-truant-students-to-be-tracked-by-gps-anklets.html

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