Schools in Washington state are adopting a computer program that allows parents to check the internet every day to see whether their kids skipped class, handed in their homework, and even what they had for lunch.

A cooperative representing 277 of Washington's 296 school districts signed a contract this month to start bringing the technology into the state's schools by fall 2002. Districts in many states already have the programs, said Geannie Wells, director of the Center for Accountability Solutions at the Arlington, Va.-based American Association of School Administrators.


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