Magazine article Techniques

Somebody Is Watching

Magazine article Techniques

Somebody Is Watching

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It's not Big Brother--but some kids might soon be complaining about Prying Parent. A new computer program introduced in the state of Washington will allow parents to check the Internet to see if their kids skipped class, handed in their homework assignments ... even monitor what they had for lunch.

A cooperative representing 277 of Washington's 296 school districts signed a contract in May to start bringing the technology into the state's schools by fall 2002. Districts in many states already have similar programs.

Teachers enter information such as grades, homework assignments and attendance into a Web site, where parents with a password can see it. Parents can find out what foods have been charged to their children's lunch money accounts and whether their children have been given detention. Administrators say it's easier than reaching a teacher by phone, and anything that encourages parents to be more involved in their children's educations is a help.

The Washington Schools Information Processing Cooperative (www. …

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