School Funding Trumps Student Privacy





The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX is requiring students to wear a card with has a microchip in it that can be tracked throughout the school.  CBS in Houston reports:

Starting this fall, all students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School are required to carry identification cards embedded with a microchip. They are tracked by the dozens of electronic readers installed in the schools’ ceiling panels.

Northside has been testing a “radio frequency identification” tracking system for the two schools to increase attendance in order to secure more state funding, officials have said. The program, which kicked off at the beginning of this school year, eventually could be used at all of Northside’s 112 campuses, officials have said. The district is the fourth largest in Texas with more than 97,000 students. (emphasis mine)

One student at John Jay High School, Andrea Hernandez, refused to wear the the id card was then expelled from the magnet school and was going to have to attend a school in the district that wasn’t currently utilizing the program.  She said the policy violates her religious beliefs and unduly infringes on her privacy.   A district court judge agreed and granted a temporary restraining order to prevent that from happening.

“The court’s willingness to grant a temporary restraining order is a good first step, but there is still a long way to go—not just in this case, but dealing with the mindset, in general, that everyone needs to be monitored and controlled,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.

“Regimes in the past have always started with the schools, where they develop a compliant citizenry. These ‘Student Locator’ programs are ultimately aimed at getting students used to living in a total surveillance state where there will be no privacy, and wherever you go and whatever you text or email will be watched by the government,” Whitehead warned.

What this boils down to is that the school district’s desire for more funding trumped student privacy.

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Comments

  1. faithful1 says

    Question, if the tracking system only works within the school, how does that INCREASE attendance? The student has to already be at school.

    • says

      That’s a great question! It doesn’t. If they are concerned about kids skipping class then have hall monitors watching the doors, etc. I suppose their argument will be they can track down kids who are not in class, but on campus and then get them to class. Hall monitors can do the same thing though. If they are not on campus they’ll have a record of when they left, but how does that really help?

  2. says

    It’s about the jobs, you know. It will take factories full of Chinese folks to create the systems and more to monitor the computer screens to alert the school cops to chase down the students doing “illegal” activity. It’s about safety you know. But we don’t care a lick about our unborn. It will not stop.