SAN ANTONIO — An independent news reporter with deep roots in San Antonio will serve as moderator of Monday evening’s panel discussion about Northside Independent School District’s controversial student RFID (radio frequency identification) tracking program.
Joseph Fenity, currently a Texas-based national correspondent for Sirius XM Radio, says he’s both honored and excited to be hosting such an important community event.
“Up until now, I don’t think a platform has been provided for parents and students to get their questions answered about these new ID badges. This Monday night is going to be a time when a lot of questions may finally be answered. I’m really proud to have been asked to moderate this important community debate,” Fenity says.
Fenity, who spent the last decade in radio and TV news, was working at a San Antonio TV station when Northside first launched the program. He says there was confusion and concern.
“When Northside launched their Student Locator Project, our newsroom received more calls and emails than I could even count. There were so many questions, opinions and conflicting answers about this whole RFID tracking technology program. My hope is that come Monday night the community gets those answers they’ve been looking for.”
While some in the community are slamming the radio frequency ID badges as invasive, others, including Northside ISD, are adamant the smart technology is simply keeping thousands of their students safe.
Despite the issue becoming a hot button topic, Fenity says he’s confident everyone can agree on one thing.
“Whether you call it invasive or necessary, I think everyone can agree it’s definitely divisive and certainly interesting.”
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More information about the event: Texans for Accountable Government
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