The collection of student data has already raised lots of questions about privacy. But what happens when a school is collecting information that goes beyond grades and assessments? Kathleen McGrory writes in the Tampa Bay Times that Florida schools are already using this technology.

Florida lawmakers to consider banning biometrics in schoolsTALLAHASSEE – Polk County parents were apoplectic last year when they discovered that the school district had been scanning student irises without parent permission. The controversial practice may soon be banned. On Tuesday, state lawmakers will take up a proposal that would prohibit school districts from collecting biometric information, including the characteristics of an individual’s fingerprints, hands, eyes and voice.

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Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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