Tracking students using a chip can increase revenue.
POSTED: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 5:55pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 6:49pm
Tyler, TX — A tracking chip is being used to track students, and it's mandatory.
The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio Texas is keeping track of every move students make...on campus.
It's a -Radio Frequency Identification- chip also known as RFID.
Many people find it...invasion of privacy.
KETK spoke to Northside Independent School District, where the RFID chip is being used...
"When the student enters the public school , there is no right to privacy anymore, the school administrators and the teachers need to know where the students are all the time within the four walls of the school,"
Gonzalez tells KETK...when the legislature and governor cut school funding two-years ago. Northside ISD suffered a budget cut.
So...what's behind the tracking?
"By using it for attendance monitoring we are able to increase revenue to the individual school where we are using the technology," says Gonzalez.
The reason attendance is an issue is because....schools lose money if a student isn't in class during roll call.
Gonzalez says, the chip went into effect at two schools in the district, so far it's effective and also a great way to keep students safe.
"We are using this technology with forty-two hundred students and we've had less than a handful of parents say that they oppose the project," says Gonzalez.