Some students do not like to go to school. So, they skip.
In Austin, Texas, the district is fighting back. It has hired a company that provides GPS units. The school district gets permission from parents. Then it requires students to carry the GPS units. Every school day, the student must press a button to identify his location.
We can see what is coming next: units that do not require them to press a button.
Each student has a “mentor,” meaning an unpaid truant officer. The mentor keeps pressuring the student to go to class.
The state pays each district for students enrolled. But it has trouble verifying that students attend. This reduces doubts. The state will bet behind this. It will pressure schools to prove that students are in class.
The program is now being tested in California. The state pays $35 a day for attendance. The company charges $8 a day, but only when attendance improves. So, income for the district rises.
About 1,700 students are in the Austin program.
With these low-performance students in class, the lowest common denominator gets lower. Students who are good performers are penalized.
The school districts are happy. They get money that would have been lost. They have an incentive to get students into the program.
The next step: compulsory GPS devices even when parents do not approve. This will take a few years.
If Saul Alinksy were around, he would tell the students to lose their GPS devices “accidentally.” This would run up the costs to the company. But kids are not easy to organize. So, the program will spread.
Conclusion: if you want your children to attend schools with low-performance peers, send them into tax-funded schools.
If you want your children trained in institutions that require electronic monitoring to force attendance, send them to tax-funded schools.