There was a thought on a seperate website, stating this maybe anti-bush propaganda, although I didn't exactly read direct evidence against this peice. Right now all of this is just under speculation (no one should get excited about this). THe link is here -> http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/forums/threads.php?id=9377_0_25_0_C The "Certificate of Completion or Attendance" that is being offered in lieu of high school diplomas, is a part of Bush's "No Child Left Behind". This is how it works: It is for students who are unable to pass both the Language Arts and Math portions of the 10th grade ISTEP. Students must take the same 10th grade test over in the 11th and 12th grades until they pass both portions. If they are unable to pass the 10th grade test by the 12th grade then they have two options: 1. Drop out and go to a GED program or, 2. Accept a "Certificate of Completion" - it is NOT a diploma. Once a student accepts it, they cannot ever get a diploma or a GED. A certificate of completion means that a student can never (as long as they live): 1. Go to the armed services- (who wants to go there right now anyway?) 2. Go to college 3. Go to trade school 4. Go to journeyman's school 5. Go to beauty school 6. Go to culinary arts school 7. Get a federal loan in their lifetime This is the portion of NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND (2001) that Bush slipped in during the 2004 revision of the NCLB bill. It has not been publicized. At a high school in Indiana, in 2005, there were 87 seniors in the graduation class. Five got diplomas and 82 got "Certificates of Completion". This is being referred to as the "Paper Plantation". It is better for students to drop out and get into a GED program so they may seek other forms of education, later in life, if they desire to do so. All 50 states have "Certificates of Completion or Attendance". Please pass this information along to EVERYONE you know who has school age children. Clergy, please preach it from the pulpits. People MUST know this information. So Parents, Please read to you children, encourage your children, make them read books and write essays and not lay in front of the television. Take them on road trips, go to the movies as a family, and make time for God. Surely, surely, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s future to be: In Jail, Dead, Living in your house as an adult playing video games and making babies, Embittered at society because they failed to understand how important it was to make good grades and to have pride in themselves and whatever they do. It begins as our faults because we go to work and come home and allow them to care for themselves, and, because they are out of the way and not Ã¢â‚¬Å“botheringÃ¢â‚¬Âus, we essentially allow them to raise their selves until the weekend comes. They are the products of lazy parents. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let this happen to you!!! If you have no plan, then you plan to fail!!! DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fail our futures!!!!