Philadelphia Public Schools has issued contactless ID cards that automatically verify free/reduced lunch status as well as proof of attendance and identity 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. Eventually, the system plans to enable the cards to serve as a debit vehicle for cafeteria purchases as well as verifying eligibility for reduced-price meals. Currently, however, the primary ...

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