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Texas students fight mandatory RFID name tags

Friday, August 31, 2012

The battle over students being required to wear RFID-equipped name tags at two San Antonio schools is escalating. As one news report put it, students and parents “are in revolt” over the proposed program that forces kids to wear the tracking name tags which can be used to pinpoint their location on campus as well as outside school premises.

Students at the two schools in question–John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School–are being required to wear the tags effective this week.

One student, Andrea Hernandez, said the badge “makes me uncomfortable. It’s an invasion of my privacy.” She is being backed by parents and privacy experts who believe the chips are more about making money than keeping students safe, as the schools claim.

By reducing truancy and tardiness, the school district could net $2 million in state funding.

Hernandez points out that the system is all but useless because students will just leave their tag in their locker or hand it to a friend to avoid being monitored.

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