posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 02:39 PM
Here are a few facts about this case.
The Jay Science and Engineering Academy, the school with the RFID badges, is part of the San Antonio magnet school program. This program is designed
to allow students to pursue their interests and give them a head start in their chosen career path. Most of the magnet schools allow any student from
the county to APPLY to attend.
Andrea Hernandez was offered the option of wearing the badge WITHOUT the RFID tag by school district officials when she refused to wear the RFID
equipped badge, but she refused this option. At this point, the officials reassigned her to her neighbourhood high school, which does not require the
wearing of student ids..
In addition to tracking attendance, the RFID tagged id card enabled access to certain labs. It also allowed students to pay for their lunch by swiping
the card at a reader. She would have had to make other arrangements to pay for lunch, which she felt was a significant inconvenience and singled her
She sued the on the grounds that the requirement to wear ANY student id badge violated her constitutional rights and religious beliefs.
She lost the original suit and has subsequently lost her appeal.
She is not denied a publicly funded education.