Some of the students objected, but none of them objected as much as Hernandez did. She handed out fliers and started a petition opposing the RFID tags. For this, and for declining to wear such a tag, she was threatened with expulsion from the school. The district has made it clear that other students had better fall in line, too. According to the Charlottesville, Va.-based Rutherford Institute, which is representing Hernandez, students who don’t take part in the ID program will lose access to the cafeteria, the library, and extracurricular activities.
Why is the school taking such a hard line? Not for the sake of student safety—John Jay High already has 200 surveillance cameras. The real reason is money: Public schools receive funding based on a head count known as average daily attendance. The higher the head count, the more money the system gets.
Hence, Houston’s Spring school district boasted two years ago that after introducing RFID-enabled student IDs, the system “has recovered $194,000 in Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding that would have been lost if the district had not been able to verify the attendance of students who were at school but not in their classroom when attendance was taken.”
Putting tracking chips on kids is pretty disgusting, but doing it so they can get credit where none is due is egregious. The sole purpose of this is so they can count kids who aren’t attending school as attending school. The chips can show the kid is on school grounds (or the chip is stuffed in a locker and the kid is AWOL), but they aren’t at the classes they should be attending. Yeah, the kid who ditched class and is smoking cigarettes in the parking lot, or eating snacks in the cafeteria, or surfing porn in the Library/Computer lab should be counted when it comes to school funding. Hey because showing up is good enough, right? This is like those shining lights of teachers who give points for the kid printing their name at the top of a test!
Of course it makes sense since teachers haven’t been, and have been actively against being paid to actually TEACH for decades.
h/t Mrs. Weer’d