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Texas student asks court to prevent school district from requiring ID badge

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Texas high school student who has refused to wear an RFID-equipped name badge on religious grounds is awaiting a decision on a request to make a temporary restraining order permanent. If the court order is issued, the student won’t have to wear the badge.

San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District last month began requiring students at two pilot schools to wear the badges to that school attendance can be tracked. Attendance is one factor most states use to determine how much state money a school will receive.

The student was initially reassigned to a school which isn’t part of the pilot, but her attorneys were able to obtain a temporary restraining order initially preventing her from having to wear the badge.

“Usually when judges rule on temporary restraining orders in your favor that’s how they’re leaning,” her attorney said. “It would take quite a bit of some kind of evidence or constitutional arguments, which the school does not have.”

He added that the district doesn’t have any legal grounds to require the IDs since they’re not meant to protect students but to increase state funding via increased enrollment.

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