Skipping School? Anaheim Truants Tracked via GPS
The devices cost between $300 and $400 each, and roughly $8 per day to operate (a total of about $18,000 per student). Some critics might see this as a waste of money that could be better spent hiring additional teachers or avoiding layoffs. The local board defends the program saying it loses $35 per day for every absent student, so the GPS program essentially pays for itself. And the technology has proven quiet effective. Similar programs in San Antonio and Baltimore saw attendance rates among chronically truant students jump from 77-percent to 95-percent on average. (Still, there is a slight drop once the tracking stops.) To avoid lost devices, parents are financially responsible for the tracker in their possession. At the end of the six-week trial with 75 students, the district will decide whether to expand the program to additional schools.