Late in 2012, we reported on a Texas student taking her case to federal court. The case was instantly cited as a potential landmark ruling on the subject of radio tracking and student rights.
The case revolved around a fifteen-year-old student who claimed her school's requirement that all students carry radio tracked ID cards went against her personal and religious beliefs. She claimed the electronic trackers were "the mark of the beast" and pupils should be able to opt out of carrying them.
The purpose of the ID system is to track the attendance of students and their movements within the school campus. Results are linked to funding allocations. It's hoped the system will help local school districts to allocate funds more effectively. The student in question built her case around the proposal that not every student needed to be tracked in order to get accurate average results, results funding allocations are then based on.
According to the BBC, the student was temporarily suspended throughout the case. But the federal court has found in favour of the school, telling the student she must relocate to a different school if she still refuses to carry the electronic ID.
Here in the Money4Machines office, we actually found it pretty tough to come to a unanimous decision on the subject. We keep our ear to the technological ground, especially in terms of things like whether people will sell mobile phones or sell tablets which also function as non-optional ID devices in the future.
There's definitely a ring of 1984 in there, but in this case it seems the intention behind tracking students is entirely based on improving facilities and the efficiency of the system. And that's something we can all get behind.
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