New Philly School IDs Hold Free/Reduced Data

Philadelphia Public Schools has issued contactless ID cards that automatically verify free/reduced lunch status along with identity and class schedule information to all 56,000 students in its 60 high schools. The cards, from ScholarChip Card LLC, had been piloted for 18 months at a pair of middle schools and will soon be implemented at three others, along with the high schools.

The cards, either hung around the neck on a lanyard or carried in a pocket or purse, are used primarily to

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