Yup, go for the “safety” jugular. That’ll win it every time!
I don’t believe I’ve ever read such an idiotic article, and can’t believe any parent would go along with such nonsense.
They question the so-called privacy rights of students, (they don’t actually, Constitutionally, have any), when the BIGGER, most OBVIOUS question ought to address the school’s competancy? I mean, just how incompetant can you be to NOT notice that Joey isn’t in class when the attendance record says he should be?
On to the article:
Northside’s deputy superintendent of administration, Brian Woods, who will take over as superintendent in July, defended the use of RFID chips at Tuesday’s meeting, comparing it to security cameras. He stressed that the program is only a pilot and not permanent.
Since when has anybody seen a gov’t ‘pilot’ program not become permanent?
“We want to harness the power
Need anyone say more?
But they chose to:
of (the) technology to make schools safer, know where our students are all the time in a school, and increase revenues,”
district spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said. “Parents expect that we always know where their children are, and this technology will help us do that.”
There’s that safetly/incompetence rearing its lovely head again.
On to more ‘enlightening’:
Chip readers on campuses and on school buses can detect a student’s location but can’t track them once they leave school property. Only authorized administrative officials will have access to the information, Gonzalez said.
Isn’t it sweet how they make it sound so official and well-managed? Until it strikes you that bus drivers are given that “authority.”’
:howler: Good lord, have you taken an account of the average bus driver? Sure, some are the best in the world, love the kids, and the whole nine yards. Then you have the multitudes whose only possibility of employment is from schools desparate for anyone willing to take the job. Yeah, that’s just who I want to see having the ability to track where my daughter is at all times. NOT.
He said officials understand that students could leave the card somewhere, throwing off the system.
They cost $15 each, and if lost, a student will have to pay for a new one.
And you are going to enforce this how? Does he mean to tell us that he’s going to throw some kid whose on the lunch program out of school if they can’t cough up the 15 bucks? Right.
As is always the case, follow the money:
If successful, Northside would get $1.7 million next year from both higher attendance and Medicaid reimbursements for busing special education students, he said.But the payoff could be a lot bigger if the program goes districtwide, Bassett said.
He said the program was one way the growing district could respond to the Legislature’s cuts in state education funding. Northside trimmed its budget last year by $61.4 million.
So where are they going to get the money?
You guessed it. From you and me. Most of whom have no interest in it, nor benefit (if you can call it that) from it.
If the good citizens from San Atone - the thorn in TX’s otherwise conservative side - want this ridiculous and expensive technology, fine. (Sort of.) But in any case, THEY can jolly well PAY FOR IT.