If you’re in the seventh or eighth grade at the Anaheim Union High School District in California and you skip school four or more times, you’ll be carrying around a GPS device to make sure you come to class.
In fact, each morning on school days, you’ll get an automated phone call reminding you to be in school on time.
The district is the first in California to implement a six-week pilot program to test GPS technology. The GPS devices cost about $300 each.
Overall, the six-week program is expected to cost about $8 per day for each student, or $18,000. Since schools lose about $35 per day for each absent student, the program can pay for itself and more if students return to class consistently, said a spokesperson for AIM Truancy Solutions.
Read more here.