San Antonio Northside School District aka Big Brother wastes education money, RFID student tracking, Student expelled for refusing to wear tracking chip

San Antonio Northside School District aka Big Brother wastes education money, RFID student tracking, Student expelled for refusing to wear tracking chip

“Increased attendance = increased state revenues”…San Antonio Northside School District

“In Northside ISD, it’s not about the technology. It’s about the bottom line – our children – and what the technology does for NISD students and staff.”…Northside School District 2010 bond referendum

“We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable.”…George Orwell, “1984″

Somebody in Texas has more money than sense.

Another example of spending money on education and not considering the “customer”, the student and their parents.

From WND November 20, 2012.


“A student in a Texas school district has been told she is to be expelled for refusing to wear a student ID badge that essentially places her in an “electronic concentration camp.”

“Regimes in the past have always started with the schools, where they develop a compliant citizenry,” John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute said. “They are getting students used to living in a total surveillance state where there will be no privacy, wherever you go and whatever you text or email will be watched by the government. This is where everything is headed.”

WND previously reported on the case of Andrea Hernandez, a student at John Jay High School in the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. This year, the school implemented a new program requiring students to wear badges containing an RFID chip, which would be used to track them anywhere they went, including the restrooms. Hernandez refused to wear the chip, citing privacy and religious issues.

The RFID card is part of a pilot program called the “Student Locator Project” at John Jay and Anson Jones Middle School, which the district hopes to expand to cover all of its 112 schools, with a total student population of 100,000.

The primary intent of the tracking cards is not to increase student safety but to increase state funding to the district.

WOAI-TV in San Antonio reported district spokesman Pasqual Gonzalez said the two schools have a high rate of truancy, and the district could gain $2 million in state funding by improving attendance.

Despite the schools having 290 surveillance cameras, officials apparently believe that is not enough to keep track of students attending the schools.

After her refusal to wear the tracking chip, Hernandez was warned in a letter that there would “be consequences.” Following through on its threats, the district sent Hernandez a letter informing her she would expelled effective Nov. 26.

The Rutherford Institute intends to file a request for a temporary restraining order this week that would prohibit school officials from expelling Hernandez.

“She is a great achiever academically and she worked hard to get here. She should not be expelled for simply standing up for her First Amendment rights,” Whitehead said.”

Read more:

From Northside ISD.

“Northside ISD is harnessing the power of radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to make schools safer, know where our students are while at school, increase revenues, and provide a general purpose “smart” ID card.

Parents entrust us with their children and expect that we always know where their children are; this technology will help us do that.


The Student Locator Project is currently being piloted at two schools. They are Jay High School and Jones Middle School, two of 112 schools in Northside ISD. The pilot will last one year after which time the data will be evaluated and decisions made about further implementation in future years.

Jay and Jones have a combined enrollment of 4,200 students (out of a projected 100,000 students in NISD). The pilot is small relative to the size of the school district. The “smart” ID cards only work within the school.


Increase student safety and security. Our students’ parents expect that we always know where their children are in our schools.
Increase attendance. Through more efficient attendance management, schools can generate additional revenues by identifying students who are not in their seats during roll call but who are in the school and locate them. (Increased attendance = increased state revenues)
Provide multi-purpose “Smart” Student ID card. The Student ID will provide access to the library and cafeteria, serve as a photo ID, and allow for the purchase of tickets to schools’ extracurricular activities. Other uses will be rolled out during the pilot program.”

Their primary motivation:

“Increase attendance. Through more efficient attendance management, schools can generate additional revenues by identifying students who are not in their seats during roll call but who are in the school and locate them. (Increased attendance = increased state revenues)”

From the 2010 school bond:

“Summary Safety & Security
• Cameras & access control $26.5 mil.
• Bus cameras $3.5 mil.
• RFID student tracking $1.1 mil.
• Police communications $1.0 mil.
• Total cost of safety & security projects = $32.1 mil.”

Click to access Technology_and_School_Safety.pdf

This is one of the more shocking examples of the misapplication of funds and priorities that I have encountered in public education.

For their Orwellian efforts to track students and their obfuscating wordsmithing, the San Antonio Northside School District is awarded 5 Orwells.

26 responses to “San Antonio Northside School District aka Big Brother wastes education money, RFID student tracking, Student expelled for refusing to wear tracking chip

  1. CitizenWells,
    The first thing you need to understand is that’s It’s not about students learning important tools to succeed, or to even be able to get and keep a job. I will give examples for each claim.

    Educating Students. The concept of online education is rapidly taking over the educational market place. Virtual higher education is becoming huge with older students, and those whom wish to re-educate themselves for another career. Yet, public schools have been slow to incorporate these concepts. Why do you need huge campuses, large bills, huge security, and other hard facilities when the majority of these students could learn MORE effectively at home and be safer? Indeed, home schooled children, without any public classroom, do well on standardized tests. The answer is simply being able to control the “message” and “teachers unions”. We as a society are no longer looking to ensure the next generation has what it needs, we are looking to ‘control’ the next generation.

    Educational targets. What do we need to teach students so that they can have a job? That’s a complex question, and it depends upon the job, but two simple things that nearly every employee needs to get a job. The must be capable of filling out a work application (read and write) and they must be drug free. Yet, tens of thousands, perhaps millions of working age americans cannot read and write on a fourth grade level! Worse yet, many can’t even pass a drug test!! The educational system, since it’s inception, has produced increasing failing numbers in these basic skills, but wants more funding every year. I would even state that public schools, much like prisons which educate criminals better, have only educated people better on dependency.

    Here is what I would do: 1) Encourage or even set benchmarks for home classes and consumption, especially for high school levels students. (Develop skills for independent learning for lifetime and remove from adverse drug/peer interactions) 2) The state MUST take action for ‘failing students’ whom are in public schools by removing them from their parents and removing public support from the parents (accountability). 3) No public teacher unions, the goals of teacher unions are not education of students but increased teacher rights. 4) Reduce taxes dramatically on families whom utilize state service less, and have children/students whom make benchmarks.

    I never agreed to big brother, don’t want big brother, don’t believe in big government. Despite my feelings, big government is here and it needs to be accountable for the product. Right now, the product isn’t capable of filling out a work application or passing a drug test about 30% of the time.


  2. Pete, thanks.
    I do understand.

  3. Good Morning CW et. al.

  4. Good morning Zach, et al.

  5. Homeland Insecurity Ready for Massive Civil Unrest, Internment of “Dissidents” and Slave Labor

  6. GOP Legally Barred from Fighting Voter Fraud

    Voting machines suspiciously defaulting to Barack Obama? Buses loaded with strangers appearing at polling stations? Even ballots turning out 100 percent for one candidate in precinct reports?

  7. New Claims – Level 439 K 451 K 415 K 380 K to 500 K 410 K

    New Claims 410K Can we say hello Obamacare you Oholes?

  8. I think I’m going to focus more on the Libertarian Party. Rand Paul is talking about running. The LP may be the last best chance to change direction towards liberty. Rand Paul’s foreign policy positions do not seem as extreme as his father’s. Hopefully.

  9. UN Takeover of US Guns Nears Reality

    Several dozen members of the House have introduced a resolution that calls on President Obama not to sign the United Nations’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). It also demands that if Obama does sign it, the government should not spend any time or money on implementation until the Senate approves it.

  10. The only way is to reset whole system without civil unrest and have the military as the referee

  11. lmuha,

    He’ll sign it New Years eve

  12. Thornton Parsons

    Do you think there’s any chance that Hillary could wash her hair and change her attire since she’s representing America on the world stage?

  13. My wife asked what I want for Christmas. Answer – emergency food for the coming crisis.

  14. MSNBC might better look out. What’s that song – Bad boys, bad boys – what you going to do when they come for you?

  15. Lmuha | November 21, 2012 at 8:43 am |

    Very good video you posted. The man was obviously sincere and passionate. Makes me want to give it one more try as far as contacting my elected representatives, even though in the past they have been totally unresponsive. In all honesty, I think our Representative Repulic is dead.

    Something will give… it has to. I hope and pray that an idea will take hold in the minds of millions of patriots that can defeat the tyranny we find ourselves in. I have my own ideas. I’m sure many have their own as well. Perhaps we should stop paying those who imprison us? Slavery anyone? I thought that was outlawed.

    Perhaps we refuse to aknowledge a totally un-Constitutional pResident and form of government and live as free people… the way God intended. In other words, ignore them… maybe they’ll go away. Crazy talk? Maybe.

    My father used to talk about some really radical stuff (this was LONG before the emergeance of the peace movement in the 60’s). He used to say stuff like “What if they declared a war, and nobody participated?” Well, what if Obama declares himself the supreme ruler, and nobody pays him any mind? Wouldn’t that kind of take the wind out of his sails? The emporer is NAKED! Everybody knows it… even his most ardent supporters know it in their hearts. He’s a joke! Yet everyone cowers in fear of this pathetic little man.

    I could say more but if I do, you will just scroll through my post alltogether because the long ones are frankly boring, and most of us don’t have that much patience. They have lives to get on with. LIVE FREE!

  16. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    Is everybody ready for THANKSTAKING Day!?!?!?


    Terry Jeffrey
    Nov 21, 2012

    “What the Obama administration argues is that it has the authority to tell Americans they can no longer practice Catholicism. What the Obama administration argues is that it can order Catholics to [sin against God and] act against their faith.


    “Many bishops have spoken out clearly and courageously against Obama’s attack on religious freedom.

    Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh wrote in his diocesan newspaper: “The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, ‘To Hell with you!'”

    Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who leads the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, wrote a letter to be read by chaplains serving Sunday masses attended by U.S. military forces. Obama’s mandate, the archbishop said, is “a blow to a freedom that you have fought to defend and for which you have seen your buddies fall in battle.”

    Broglio and many other bishops declared: “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law.”

    In his encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II cited St. Thomas Aquinas in explaining the Catholic teaching on unjust laws.

    “This is the clear teaching of Saint Thomas Aquinas, who writes that ‘human law is law inasmuch as it is in conformity with right reason and thus derives from the eternal law,” said the pope. “‘But when a law is contrary to reason, it is called an unjust law; but in this case it ceases to be a law and becomes instead an act of violence.'”

    “To refuse to take part in committing an injustice is not only a moral duty,” said the pope, “it is also a basic human right.”

    […] Obama has launched the greatest attack on religious liberty in the history of the United States. He hopes to divide Catholics from their church and American law from truth and justice.

    There is no middle ground here. The church is right, the bishops are right, freedom of conscience is an alienable right, and Obama is more wrong about the meaning of liberty than any American president has ever been.

    Continue Reading Here:

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


    Carol Platt Liebau
    Nov 20, 2012 11:36 AM EST

  18. Jessie Jackson Jr. Resigns ,better not get any pension

  19. How did America go from Regan,who loved America and citizens to what ,we have Now. God help us.How did we let this happen??
    Must pray for America,God exposé the evil doers,lies,coverups,may those committing evil not rest,may God put them under heavy conviction,let’s Pray

  20. San Antonio Northside School District aka Big Brother wastes education money:
    Parents entrust us with their children and expect that we always know where their children are; this technology will help us do that.
    Andrea Hernandez, a student at John Jay High School refusing to participate with the “Student Locator Project” and wear a tracking chip, was warned in a letter that there would be consequences. The district sent Hernandez a letter informing her she would expelled effective Nov. 26.

    Brian T. Woods, Ed.D.
    Our Mission
    The Northside Independent School District is committed to the belief that children come first. The mission of the district is to encourage each student to strive for personal excellence and to ensure all students learn to function, contribute, and compete as responsible individuals in an ever-changing world
    As we can see below the administrative organization would be thrust into complete disarray, disorganization, and completely prevented from fulfilling there mission, without Andrea Hernandez wearing a tracking chip the “student locator project” would be driven right off the “Parents entrust us with their children” cliff.
    This would cause a complete collapses of all the administrators daily functions. No longer could there be any level of confidence the administrators had any real time information on Andrea’s location. This could possibly jeopardize the policy of “no student left behind”. Without the entire administrative team functioning in as a clear cohesive organization, what would become of the school principals, teachers, and students?
    No child is so important to interfere with OUR MISSION. Please contact any of us below to show your full support for OUR MISSION.

    Board President, – Karen Freeman,
    Board Vice President, – Randall H. Fields
    Board Secretary, – George Lynn Britton, Jr.,
    Superintendent, – Dr. Brian T. Woods,
    District 5 – Katie N. Reed
    District 2 – Bennie L. Cole
    District 3 – M’Lissa M. Chumbley
    District 4 – Robert Blount, Jr.
    Director of internal audit – Alisa Thienpont
    Superintendent – Dr Brian T Woods
    Executive director of communications – Pascual Gonzalez
    Executive director of community Partnerships – Bonnie Ellison
    Executive director of elementary administration – Levinia Lara
    Executive director of benefits and risk management –Cecil Tatum
    Deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction – Dr. Lina Mora
    Deputy superintendent of business & finance – Oscar Cardenas
    Deputy superintendent of administration – Ray Galindo
    Assistant superintendent of secondary administration – Stephen Daniel
    Assistant superintendent of human resources – Patricia Denham Hill
    Assistant superintendent of facilities & operations – Leroy San Miguel
    Assistant superintendent of budget & finance – Steven Bassett
    Assistant superintendent of technology services – Lori Jones
    Assistant superintendent of student family & community services – Don Schmidt
    Executive director of elementary instruction – Linda Reyes
    Executive director of school improvement – Linda Zarakas
    Executive director of secondary instruction – Dennis Ann Strong
    Executive director of secondary administration – Ray Moncus
    Executive director of construction & engineering – Ceasar Ponce
    Executive director of Athletics – Stan Laing
    Director of grants & recognitions – Sharon Sanchez
    Director of organizational & staff development – Diana Ely
    Director of middle School – Deonna Dean
    Director of career & technology education – Dennis Alexander
    Director of fine arts – James Miculka
    Director of bilingual & esl education – R.C. Rodriquez
    Director of health & physical education – Linda Seewald
    Director of special revenue funds – Myrrna G Martinez
    Director of payroll – Norma Casas
    Director of accounting – David Rastellini
    Director of facilities construction – Paul Megerie
    Director of Budget & research – Linda Cavazos
    Director of purchasing & warehouse – Eric Walls
    Director of child nutrition – Thomas Wherry
    Director of technology library & textbook services -Joyce stevens
    Director of integrated infrastructure services = Ernst Vasquez
    Director of information services – Gerri Collier
    Director of tech acquisitions & project management – Joe Mcmonagle
    Director of tech training & development services – Elizabeth Langer
    Director of maintenance – Henry Acosta
    Director of special education – Marcy Warren
    Director of psychological services – Dr. Rita Villalpando
    Director of Health services – Shirley Schreiber
    Director of guidance & counseling – Dr. Deborah Ward
    Director of testing and evaluation – Dr. Brenda Ward
    Director of state & federal programs – Rosemary perez
    Director of adult & community education – Lydia Martinez
    Director of pupil personnel – Dr. Vicky Sullivan
    Director of resource planning – Debbie McNearney
    Director of Transportation – Rafael Salazar
    Director of human resources – Ben Muir
    Director of secondary human resources – Craig Hejtmancik
    Director of compensation & employment – Rick Gardner
    Director of classified auxiliary & substitute employees – Dr. Danny Deguire
    Chief of police – Charlie Carnes

  21. Air Force Brat!

    Zach @1:49 p.m. — I read that. Very interesting indeed.

    If any of the purported “Insiders” actually exist as something other than just literary creations to drive up site traffic, I’d vote for this one. Something more . . . oh, I don’t know, I’ll say “substantial” — to MI.

  22. I think I’m going to focus more on the Libertarian Party. Rand Paul is talking about running. The LP may be the last best chance to change direction towards liberty. Rand Paul’s foreign policy positions do not seem as extreme as his father’s. Hopefully.
    I’m still astounded that most just don’t f**king get it and I do NOT use that word often—admitted the election was stolen by hijacking voter machines in 2008 and more so in 2012—why do people not get off the bus??

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