Suit targets 'locator' chips in Texas student IDs

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM

AUSTIN -- Locator chips newly embedded in student IDs by a Texas school district has set off a debate over privacy and religion after one student refused to participate in the program.

San Antonio's Northside Independent School District put the chips in the ID badges of 4,200 high school and middle school students.

School officials say they could receive up to $1.7 million in additional state funding if the technology enables more accurate attendance counts.

In Texas, school funding is based on daily attendance. But the parents of a 15-year-old sophomore say the potential of more school funding doesn't outweigh privacy and religious rights.

A judge in San Antonio is expected to rule Wednesday whether Northside can transfer Andrea Hernandez to another school over her refusal to wear the badge.

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