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Texas county uses GPS tracking to keep kids from skipping school


Montgomery County, Texas, is using Global Positioning System technology to keep track of truants to make sure they’re not skipping school, KIAH-TV of Houston reports. “It works, it just works,” said Justice of the Peace James Metts, who gives out small black boxes that look like old cell phones to teens who end up before him in court. The boxes are GPS monitors that students have to keep with them for six weeks. It’s part of a program called Attendance Improvement Management, or AIM. The court has a total of 25 devices. If students avoid school during the program, the judge can send them to the county jail for three days. Metts says the county has had a 95-percent success rate since the project started last spring. Students also have to check in with a mentor three times a week. The program, which costs $70,000 a year, is funded by money paid to the court from convicted felons…

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