Assured that student privacy would be protected, a Florida school board has approved a $2.26-million system to use children's fingerprints to track their movements on and off school buses.

A division of Laidlaw International, the Illinois-based transit giant that owns Greyhound, was awarded the contract to outfit the Pinellas County Schools' 750 buses with electronic devices that will identify students by their fingerprints beginning in the fall.

A spokeswoman for GeoSpatial Technologies, which is partnering with Laidlaw in the contract, said she believes the Pinellas fingerprinting system will be the

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