28 Feb

Now this is a twist!  Select students are being tracked with a GPS to make sure they make it to class.  New tests put a lockdown on seventh and eighth graders who do not show up for school four or more days a year. If the kids fall in this category, they are assigned to carry a handheld GPS device, which is about the size of a cell phone.

I’m sure they were happy to learn, as well as being tied to a device, each morning on school days, they receive an automated phone call reminding them that they need to get to school on time. Later they receive a call, five times a day, and are required to enter a code that tracks their locations. To add insult to injury, the students are also assigned a coach who calls them at least three times a week to see if they can help increase attendance.

Well, I am happy they did not have this when I was a kid, you may as well be in prison.  But the cost of the tracker is minimal compared to the funds schools lose  for students who don’t show up.  It is paid for by state funds so let’s see how long this lasts.

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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Britta's SCOOP


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