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The Contra Costa County School District has become the first to implement an electronic tracking system for its students. Preschoolers in Richmond are now required to wear what resembles a basketball jersey that is implanted with a radio frequency transmitter.
Parents will now digitally sign in and sign out their children
In 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed Senate Bill 29, a measure which would have banned the use of RFID microchips and similar technologies in schools. It was a year prior to this action that California became one of the first states to ban forced implantation
Sung Kim, speaking for the county's employment and human services department said the $50,000 system (funded by a federal grant) could potentially save 3,000 labor hours.
Alarmed with low attendance rates among college students, some universities have turned to electronic attendance programs – digitally tracking if and when students enter their classrooms. Northern Arizona University recently received $85,000 to fund a new tracking initiative that revolves around a series of scanners stationed outside lecture halls. According to NPR, students must scan their ID cards in order to be counted in the day's roll call, effectively replacing a chorus of sleepy "here's" with a hailstorm of chirpy beeps.
Originally posted by g146541
Preschool is not mandatory,...yet so it is relatively free day care for the folks.