AC Privacy Schools Fingerprinting Kids

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Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2007    www.cnn.com   September 28, 2007 Should Schools Fingerprint Your Kids? By Steven Gray The lunch lines weren't moving fast enough for Linda Stoll, head of food programs at  the Boulder Valley, Colo., school district. Because of that, kids had barely enough  time to sit and eat before the lunch period was over. So, last year, Stoll began looking  for ways to speed up the queue. She discovered that many students, especially  kindergarteners, can't remember their six-digit ID number, which they're required to  type into keypads at the end of lunch lines. She then found out that there was  technology that would allow a scanner to identify a kid qualified for lunch with the  swipe of a finger, moving him or her quickly along. It would help kids who regularly  forget their lunch money, and it would potentially remove some of the stigma faced  by children who receive special tickets for free or reduced lunch. She proposed the  idea, believing it would be the perfect solution.  It turned out to be the perfect storm. Dozens of parents raised concerns about  privacy. Many mentioned identity theft. Others expressed fear that immigrant  children might be unfairly tracked by government. Eventually, Stoll's plan was  scrapped. 
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