California district uses GPS to keep track of potential truants

Feb. 28, 2011
32 students are taking part in Anaheim Union district pilot program

From The Los Angeles Times: Thirty-two students in the Anaheim (Calif.) Union High School District are participating voluntarily in a technological solution to the age-old problem of truancy--a cell-phone-sized global positioning system (GPS). The students are required to enter a code into the device that shows where they are--and whether that’s where they’re supposed to be. Backers of the program hope that by giving parents and school officials a better idea of where students are, the GPS can succeed where curfews and strict punishments have failed. But the concept has critics that object to the Big Brother aspects of satellite monitoring.

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