I can't say I agree with the decisions, but no one who's lived in Florida can say they didn't see this coming.
Schools here seem to be going in the direction of privatization. Current plans have whole-school futures pegged on the results of their english test scores. Music, math, etc... all funding hinging on a single subject, which is just a mechanism to make the schools look bad so they can push for closing the public schools. Once the schools go private, parents won't have a choice but to give up their kids' rights in order to get them into school. It's going to be a matter of contract.
Sure, there will be public schools left, but they're not gonna be in nearly the same shape as they are now. And they're not exactly in good shape now. With the funding going towards vouchers for private schools, we'll see safety and standards continue to drop. Private schools will be allowed to take all the disciplinary action public schools can't which will make them seem like cathedrals next to their public bretherin. Your kid get slapped? You have a problem with it? You really wanna send them to *gasp* public school?
Can't really blame them either. A number of my friends are teachers. They get attacked (yes, ATTACKED) by students that are sometimes bigger than them, and they are explicitely told that they cannot raise a hand to stop a student that's attacking them. They are expected to take everything a student has to dish out for fear that any other behavior will get them fired.
Parents are a whole nother problem. Most of them get upset when schools bother them during the day about their kids. The ones that do care about their kids really only care about their kids being happy. They often will refuse to believe that there could be anything wrong with their kid and will refuse to discipline them at all. When their kid fails a class they'll take it up with the principle and create such a fuss that the teacher is forced to pass the student on when they shouldn't. A number of teachers have become apathetic about the whole process, but who can blame them when they're paid hardly anything to deal with seemingly psychopathic children on a daily basis.
Fingerprinting may be a really bad decision, and I certainly wouldn't want my kid going through that. But given the way parents here treat the schools, it almost seems like the only way to make sure students are where they're supposed to be. When it's all private, we won't have a choice because the state isn't doing it. And if you want your kid to have a decent education, you'll put up with it.