The former principal and a computer technician at a Houston high school will have their salaries docked based on an outside investigation that blames them and others for allowing inaccurate reporting of student dropout data for the 2002-2003 school year.

The incident raises serious implications for school district employees nationwide, particularly as the No Child Left Behind Act ushers in a new era of accountability in America's schools.

Rep. Rick Noriega, D-Houston, who noticed dropout rates at schools in his district seemed lower than reality, filed a


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