At Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, parents and civil rights activists are concerned over students’ privacy under a new “Student Locator Project,” which involves using “smart” ID cards to track students while on school property for attendance purposes. These IDs use radio frequency identification (RFID) chips to broadcast a radio signal, allowing school officials to know students’ precise location on campus at all times.
In the state of Texas, a district’s state funding is dependent on school attendance. If a student is not in class at the time attendance is taken, the district will not receive daily funding for this student. With the tags, a student who is on campus is counted as being in school, and the district receives funding accordingly.
Therefore, is using this technology scary Big Brother, or just a way to get money?