Student ID With Locators Proposed

Student ID With Locators Proposed

Texas House members have discussed a proposed ban on school districts requiring students to use ID badges that are embedded with locator chips.

The bill by Republican Rep. Lois Kolhorst would allow voluntary use of these IDs, but wouldn't let students mandate it.

Unsuccessful proposals have been introduced by Kolhorst since 2005 to limit chips in schools.

In detailing her latest bill Tuesday before the House Public Education Committee, she noted that similar tracking chips are used in commodities like cattle.  She suggested that Texas youngsters deserve better than that.

State funding for schools is based on daily attendance, and some districts say that the technology helps them get the most accurate count of students.

However, chips have made headlines recently when a San Antonio high school student sued, saying it violated her religion.