Northside ISD cancels student ID tracking program

Author: RJ Marquez, Web Editor,
Published On: Jul 16 2013 04:57:49 AM CDT

The Northside ISD has decided to not to continue or expand its controversial student ID badge tracking program that resulted in a lawsuit filed by a student.

Northside ISD Spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said the one year pilot program, tested at Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School, failed to meet its three goals.

The badges are equipped with tiny radio frequency identification chips that are used to locate students on campus.

The goal of the program was to increase attendance, but Gonzalez says attendance only increased about one-half of a percent.

The program also sparked state-wide controversy and prompted a lawsuit from a student who refused to wear the badge because she claimed it violated her religious beliefs.

Some state lawmakers attempted to get the program banned from schools and civil liberties groups protested against it.

Gonzalez said the district is still looking at ways to use to the technology in the future.