Some Texas schools are testing out ID cards that allow administrators to track students. The cards emit a radio frequency that allow administrators to confirm that students are at school. It doesn’t seem like the cards are for class skippers. Administrators say the cards are to help track attendance even if the students are not in homeroom, which allows the school to collect all the state dollars it is entitled to.
“In Texas, school finance is a numbers game: schools receive money based on the number of students counted in their homeroom classes each morning. At Anson Jones, as at other schools, many students were in school but not in homeroom, so they were not counted and the district lost money, said Pascual Gonzalez, a spokesman for the district.”
Some have concern about the cards.
“Matthew Simpson, a policy strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, said the technology was easy to acquire, meaning people outside a school might be able to monitor a student if they obtained the student’s unique tracking number. “
“Mr. Simpson said the technology was originally designed for shipping goods and for cattle. ‘It was never intended for people,’ he said. “
Some students say they like being able to scan the tag to get through the lunch line. Other school officials say it’s an easy way to find a student in an emergency.
Lots of businesses make employees use ID cards for access, which is in a way tracking the employee. They can tell where they have been.
So what do you think: Would you be upset if your child was asked to wear an ID badge that could track them? Is this a good idea or a bad idea?