How Far the Government Schools Intrude (Huntsville, AL Edition)

Update: Maybe Your Kid Won’t Be Ear-Tagged After All. Student-Tracking Loses Favor

This year, Florida became the first state to ban the use of biometric identification in its schools. Kansas said biometric data cannot be collected without student or parental consent. New Hampshire, Colorado and North Carolina said the state education departments cannot collect and store biometric data as part of student records.
New Hampshire and Missouri lawmakers said schools can’t require students to use ID cards equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that can track them. The new laws are similar to one Oregon passed last year and what Rhode Island Iawmakers passed in 2009.
The laws reflect a growing sense of unease among parents and lawmakers about new technology, how it’s being used, what student data is being collected and stored and what security protects the information.


SAFe officials found the pictures violated the city schools’ Code of Conduct, section 3.11, barring: “Knowing possession of a weapon or anything designed, made or adapted or used for the purpose of inflicting death or serious physical injury.” The SAFe monitors wrote the student was “posing in a menacing manner with what appear to be weapons.”

They found six other photos showing the student flashing suspected gang signs. “SAFe recommendation: Consider (student) for expulsion.”

While the student was not on school grounds, and may have been 18 years old in the second photo and therefore legally allowed to possess a handgun in Alabama, Wardynski said the program is meant to identify potential dangers to the school, and not necessarily code violations on school property.

So, the Huntsville school system has an ‘Intel Unit’ monitoring ‘their children’ for double not good behaviors.

What happened to teaching (read, write, science)?  Perhaps the shift was the change in terms to ‘Educator’.