Using Mobile Phones To Get Truants

from the could-go-much-further dept

The Boston public school system today announced that they’re using a wireless system from Nextel to help fight truancy. They have a truant team that goes out, roaming the halls catching students who should be in class. Using special software for the phones, they’ll be able to look up info on where the student should be or a parent’s phone number. I think they should go one step further and follow the lead that some Singapore schools are using (oddly, that article about the Singapore schools is from exactly one year ago…) where they actually send a text message to parents if any student is not in class. The parent can then easily respond explaining why the student is missing, or saying that the student should be there.

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