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Some Texas schools are requiring students to wear special I.D. tags that allow school administrators to track a child's movement while on campus. But one Texas lawmaker is saying 'enough', and is stepping up to put a stop to it.

Following the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut-what Texas law makers are proposing is shaping an agenda partially aimed at school safety.

"We heard the news out of San Antonio about this new tracking system and immediately it concerned me," said Senator Craig Estes of Wichita Falls.

Estes is not happy with a San Antonio school district using a special student I.D. to track student's whereabouts at school.

"I think it's kind of a case of big government just kind of running amuck," Estes said.

Estes is filing House Bill, 173, that would prohibit public schools from tracking students with the special I.D.'s.

The program called, "student locator project," is being piloted at Northside ISD near San Antonio.

The program received a lot of attention after Andrea Hernandez, a sophomore at the district's high school, told administrators she would not wear the new id badge because of religious beliefs. And her father filed a law suit against the district.

The I.D. tags look just like the ones we use here at FOX 7 for security. The difference is the tags used by the school have small radio transmitters inside of them. The school says they use that only to track students who may be skipping class while still at school.

If half a million dollar investment of smart" I.D.s improves attendance that could give the district more than one million dollars in additional funding from the state.

The school district is winning the battle in court. Just last week, a U.S. District Judge sided with Northside ISD.

"The judge ruled correctly," Estes said.

But Senator Estes says the judge had another choice, because there's not a law to say the school district is in the wrong.

"At this time there is no law preventing this type of practice. If my bill, SB 173, is successful then there will be a law preventing this," he said.

Estes says he also questions how secure the devices are against hackers. Still no word if the Hernandez's will appeal.

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