Track Each Kid with GPS? One School is Doing It

I'm about as neurotic a mom as they come. I would love to get in my car and follow my kids' bus every day for some extra peace of mind -- but I don't. Which is why I'm surprised the Palos Heights School district in Illinois has outfitted the backpacks of bus-riding students with GPS devices.

The GPS technology logs when each kid gets on and off the bus each day, so parents, worried about a tardy kid, can call the school and get immediate confirmation that he's safely off the bus.

Sounds great, until I get to the part where the new GPS system cost the district $16,000. I have to wonder if the dough would have been better spent to fund the art, sports, music, technology, science or some other educational program. Maybe they could have bought new books, computers or equipment? Especially since the buses there were already equipped with their own GPS devices. And since many paranoid parents hand their kid a cell phone when they walk out the door. (Not to mention what ever happened to a good, old-fashioned check-in list.)

Do you think tracking school kids with GPS is a safe move -- or is it going too far? Chime in below!

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