September 19, 2012

Your Turn: Tracking I.D.s


Scott: Ever get the feeling that someone’s watching you? Well, if you are at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, you’d be right! And they’re using new technology  to help track attendance.

When the bell rings and they enter the doors, every move of every student, every minute is tracked. The school already has 200 cameras, but now students will also be required to carry an ID card with a chip inside. And hidden inside the school’s ceiling panels are 80 chip readers

School official: When they enter those school doors, it’s our responsibility.

Scott: These students say they don’t have a problem with it.

Student: I was fine with it once I got the letter.

Scott: But they admit many of their friends don’t like it and complain that surveillance is an invasion of privacy.

Student: They don’t want to wear it. I’ve heard all sorts of crazy things such as wrapping it with foil to putting it in a microwave.

Scott: The school says it is about knowing where every student is in case of an emergency.

School official: It is vital to have students here at school, in our classrooms every day. If they are not here, they are not learning.

Scott: But it’s also about money, since the district gets funding based on attendance.

And the Northside Independent School District says if this tracking device increases attendance, even by a percentage point or two at John Jay alone, the district will get more than $2 million in extra funding.


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