Parents object to elementary school’s lunchroom fingerprint scanner

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Gretna, Nebraska parent Justin Osterfoss doesn’t like the idea of Gretna Public Schools scanning his son’s fingerprints to track his daily lunch purchases, and he’s not the only one. Osterfoss told WOWT that when he got a notice from his son’s elementary school last month informing him the boy was automatically enrolled in a new […]

Parents fight back against school data mining with ‘Toolkit for Student Privacy’

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, June 1st, 2017

NEW YORK – Two public school parents are speaking out about education vendors partnering with schools to collect personal information on children, and what they can do about it. New York parent Leonie Haimson and Rachael Stickland, a mother in Colorado, created the nonprofit Parent Coalition for Student Privacy in 2014 after learning about the […]

WY moves bill to give school boards authority to arm teachers, staff

By Victor Skinner on Friday, January 27th, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming lawmakers are considering legislation to allow school employees to carry concealed guns on campus, if their local school district approves the move. The state House Education Committee approved House Bill 194 on an 8-1 vote Wednesday, sending the legislation to the full House for consideration. The bill would allow individual school […]

NJ school installs fingerprint scanner in lunch room — without permission from parents

By Victor Skinner on Friday, September 30th, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. – Parents in New Jersey are sounding off about new fingerprint scanners installed in Englewood schools without their knowledge or permission. Parent Curtis Caviness and numerous others questioned school officials about the fingerprint scanners installed in the Englewood district this year at a board of education meeting last week, when they pointed out […]

Elementary school scans student fingerprints — doesn’t notify parents

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, September 8th, 2016

OREGON CITY, Ore. – Parents are outraged after an Oregon school district implemented fingerprint scanners for student lunches without informing them. “That is a huge violation of our privacy,” Stina Turner, a mother of three at Gaffney Lane Elementary School, told KATU. “You have to get a signature to use my child’s picture for anything, […]

Ohio school district installs fingerprint scanner in lunch rooms

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

CANTON, Ohio – An Ohio school district is implementing fingerprint scanners for student lunches, despite the fact that students receive free lunches at two out of three district schools. “Instead of punching in codes and kids remembering their codes, they put their fingers on it,” Canton Local School District Superintendent Stephen Milano told the Canton […]

Ohio school district recruits staff for ‘armed response teams’

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

RIVERSIDE, Ohio – The Mad River School District is taking a new approach to school security. District officials approved a plan last month to create an armed response team using existing staff who will complete a three day, 26-hour training program to allow them access to weapons that will be stored in schools throughout the […]

Illinois school district installs fingerprint scanner in cafeteria

By Victor Skinner on Friday, July 15th, 2016

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – Officials at Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 want students to use a new fingerprint scanner they believe will streamline transactions in the school lunch line. The district plans to join hundreds of others already using biometric technology – fingerprint or palm scans, iris readers or facial recognition – to […]

IL school district installs fingerprint scanner in cafeteria

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

GENEVA, Ill. – Students and faculty at Harrison Street Elementary School just love the new thumbprint scanner in the school’s lunch line, but civil rights experts are warning parents about serious privacy concerns with the technology. The Geneva Unit District 304 replaced a different biometric scanner system for school lunch lines this year with devices […]

Face-scanning software on school-issued iPads worries parents

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

ENCINITAS, Calif. – A California school district wants to use facial recognition to automatically log students in and out of their school-issued iPads, but parents aren’t convinced it’s a good idea.

Prof: School surveillance is on the rise worldwide

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

ADELAIDE, Australia – An Australian criminology professor is warning about the perils of school surveillance in a recent scholarly journal article detailing its increased use in the United States and abroad.