LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles Unified School District is pushing a plan to fingerprint some students before they can get their lunches.

Critics say the plan to biometrically identify students could lead to civil rights violations, but the district insists a cashless food system would pose no security or privacy risks.

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Superintendent Ramon Cortines says struggling students who receive free lunches would no longer have to pay with embarrassing tickets. The plan is also designed to save money while speeding up long lines.

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As the nation’s second-larges district, the LAUSD serves more than 500,000 meals a day.

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