Metro Nashville freshman Zachary Jenkins has a hard time keeping track of his $500 district-issued city bus pass, school library card, student ID and the lunch number that he punches into a machine at school to eat, the Tennessean reports.

“It would make it easier to have one card instead of a bunch of different cards that students might lose,” said Jenkins, a student at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High. Metro Nashville schools are doing just that: moving to student ID cards with bar codes for the lunch line and library and a magnetized strip on the back to swipe for city bus fare…

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