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Xerox does a lot of things these days apart from making copiers: Traffic cameras, airline call centers, parking meters, health care exchanges and digitizing government records.

Add another one: Scanning the fingers of low-income parents who drop off their children to daycare.

Mississippi has awarded a massive contract to Xerox to come up with such a system. The idea is to make sure parents getting government vouchers for daycare are actually using the service and not wasting tax dollars. Louisiana is the only other state that scans parents’ fingers.

Aside from shaming poor people, this is problematic on so many levels. Daycares can’t predict when parents won’t drop off their children, so they have to maintain certain staffing levels. Some parents might be scared by finger scans and not utilize daycare. Providers have to man the machine at all times to make sure it’s being used properly. Xerox is installing the scans free of charge, but daycares are responsible for any damage. If a parent forgets to swipe her finger, the daycare might not get paid.

The cost of Xerox’s $12.9 million contract for finger scans is now coming under fire.

In a state that has more than 8,000 children on a waiting list for daycare, you’d think this money could have been used more wisely.

Links of the Day:

– This whole “open enrollment” idea for poor city students is a wonderful idea, if only suburban districts would welcome them with open arms.

– Senator Chuck Schumer defends federal spending at the Genesee County yogurt manufacturing complex. I previously wrote about this “Yogurt Welfare.”

– University of Albany students are accused of forcing fraternity pledges to lie face down in water, beating them with rubber hoses and making them beg for mercy.

– The supermarket wars in Massachusetts heat up, with Wegmans in the fray.

– Real New York Times headline: Finally, a Place in Brazil Where Dogs Can Go for Discreet Sex.

One Response to Daycare Finger Scans

  1. This is directed at the linked article about open enrollment. RCSD does not have true open enrollment, the urban suburban program is only open to minority students as defined by nys board of education. So non-minorities in the city are left out, no matter what their income level is. Their only choice is private school or charters. Maybe that’s why charters are so “white” its their only option besides $10k a year for private school

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