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(Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles from the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, examining abuses in the federally mandated tutoring program under No Child Left Behind.)

Thanks to his daughter's troubled elementary school, Zhengjun Wang will return to China with a pricey souvenir from his family's yearlong stay in Rochester, Minn.: a computer.

Like thousands of other public-school students in Minnesota and across the...

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