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Judge: School can move girl in ID-tracking case

Texas family loses challenge to district’s use of a ‘locator’ chip in smart ID cards

“Today’s court ruling affirms [the district’s] position that we did make reasonable accommodation to the student,” the district said.

A Texas school district can transfer a student who is citing religious reasons for her refusal to wear a so-called “smart ID” card that is part of an electronic tracking system, a federal judge ruled on Jan. 8.

The parents of 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez had requested a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the school district from transferring their daughter from her San Antonio high school while the lawsuit on whether she should be forced to wear the ID tracking badge went through federal court.

Last fall, the Northside Independent School District began experimenting with a “locator” chip in student ID badges on two campuses, allowing administrators to track the whereabouts of 4,200 students with GPS-like precision.

Administrators say the chips make students safer and will help boost attendance records that are used to calculate badly needed state funding. They say the technology could bring in an additional $1.7 million in funding.

(Next page: What the ruling said)

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  1. okayfine87

    January 15, 2013 at 5:21 am

    We consumers of a smartphone product can make the decision to turn of the GPS application if we want to. Wearing a name badge in school is a protection device for the school and the students to prevent outsiders from entering the campus.
    So the compromise of badge without locator chip should be taken. I am sure that Ms. Hernandez desires to continue to utilize the magnet school or choose homeschooling online high school if she does not wish to comply with a safety device without the locator chip. She will have a driver’s license with chips in it too carrying DNA information soon. Will she chose not to drive or drive illegally?