Putting Education Reform To The Test

Texas Schools Follow the Money — Students — Using Radio IDs

Texas school districts are using radio ID bracelets to track students and ensure they receive every dollar of state funding due. The bracelets also allow schools to find students more easily in case of emergency, but have raised concerns about Big Brother atmosphere.

In Texas, school finance is a numbers game: schools receive money based on the number of students counted in their homeroom classes each morning. At Anson Jones, as at other schools, many students were in school but not in homeroom, so they were not counted and the district lost money, said Pascual Gonzalez, a spokesman for the district.

“We were leaving money on the table,” he said, adding that the district expects a $2 million return on an initial investment of $261,000 in the technology at two pilot schools.

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