Texas Schools See Big Money In Electronic Tracking Of Students | Talking Points Memo

Following the lead of two other school districts in the state, San Antonio, Texas’ Northside Independent School District is planning a pilot program that tracks students using transmitters inside identification cards. Why? For the money, apparently.Next year, ID cards outfitted with Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) technology will be given to students at John Jay High School, Anson Jones Middle School, and all special education students who use district buses — totaling around 6,290 students, according to The San Antonio Express-News. If the pilot program is successful, the district wants to use the ID cards at all of its 111 schools, with a student population of almost 100,000. The Express-News reports that the district plans to spend $525,065 implementing the pilot program and $136,005 per year to run it. District officials say the the ID cards represent a big potential revenue stream.

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