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Tag your tots: RFID chips for preschoolers

Posted: 09/01/10 01:42 PM

By Steve Henn

So what do you do if you are a hard working school superintendent whose school system’s so strapped for cash that you don’t have enough teachers or aids to keep track of your pre-k kids, or make sure they actually eat lunch?

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Well, according to the AP, Contra Costa County in California used a $50,000 federal grant to buy jerseys with RFID tags to help keep tabs on their tots. School officials say the system will save the district thousands of hours of staff time and could pay for itself in less than a year.

But if you can’t keep track of your kids, can you really expect to teach them to read?

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