In a guest column for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, William L. Bainbridge, a professor at the University of Dayton, criticizes the federal government's handling of school policies as he points to a rising dropout rate among high school students and the tendency of school districts to manipulate dropout data in order to comply with the No Child Left Behind law. He points out that many NCLB requirements encourage and reward data manipulation in terms of measuring achievement. He concludes his column by saying that "federal reforms are not producing anticipated results because it remains impossible to legislate equal results for all...

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