posted on Oct, 10 2012 @ 10:49 AM
Okay, I live in this school district and my son attends one of those schools. While I am not sure I completely support this program here are some
1. The schools are HUGE - with 9,000+ students. Many of the schools in this district are larger than shopping malls.
2. This high school entails the Science and Engineering Academy, an Advanced Academics Program, and a separate Freshman Center. Many of these
students attend dual-credit classes and/or AP classes. (My own son goes to off - campus college classes before returning to school for AP classes).
3. Because of students attending AP testing, TAKS (State mandated testing), various school programs, etc. students are often counted absent when they
are, in fact, on campus. (I have fought with the attendance office several times to clear up "absences" when my son was taking a test on campus.)
This program is intended to be able to identify (and then visually verify) the presence of students mistakenly counted absent.
4. That being said, these are ACTIVE ID cards - they contain batteries to power the chips. While the district says they are used only to track the
students on campus, they do NOT deactivate when the student leaves the school. It is this property which is causing most of the protests. While I
don't know if they possess the technology, the potential exists for the district police (each school district here has it's own police force) to be
able to drive around and identify students off campus. (or at least where their ID is) By being active cards, they can be detected at a greater
5. These cards are very large. (3-4" wide, 5-6" long, and close to 1/4" thick). No one is going to carry it around if they don't have to (i.e. off
6. School funding in Texas is very low and cut every year. The districts will do everything possible to get more money.
7. This also speeds up the lunch line by automatically charging the student's "lunch fund" as they go through the line.
8. This is a small issue as far as "Big Brother" in an area where schools have metal detectors, on campus police officers, and more cameras than you
count; due to a very large gang population in the community.
Ultimately, these cards do nothing to prevent truancy, just verify that students who go are accounted for.