So how do you counter the downward trend of quality high school graduates and increasing drop-out rates? It would appear the government answer is, "Simple! Just lower the bar again!" (And if you're like Pennsylvania's current governor, you also attack the quality of education by proposing a bill to allow non-college graduates to obtain teaching certificates.) So here's yet another example of how government agencies at all levels are doing everything they can incrementally to make higher education meaningless. (No doubt there would be a dramatic rise in the number of people claiming they have a learning disability in order to gain the rewards of this proposal, should it become reality.) If you are interested in seeing the complete article: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/1/eeoc-high-school-diploma-might-violate-americans-w/ EEOC: High school diploma requirement might violate Americans with Disabilities Act By Dave Boyer The Washington Times Sunday, January 1, 2012 Employers are facing more uncertainty in the wake of a letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission warning them that requiring a high school diploma from a job applicant might violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. The development also has some wondering if the agency’s advice will result in an educational backlash by creating less of an incentive for some high-school students to graduate. The “informal discussion letter” from the EEOC said an employer’s requirement of a high school diploma, long a standard criteria for screening potential employees, must be “job-related for the position in question and consistent with business necessity.” The letter was posted on the commission’s website on Dec. 2. Employers could run afoul of the ADA if their requirement of a high school diploma ” ‘screens out’ an individual who is unable to graduate because of a learning disability that meets the ADA’s definition of ‘disability,’ ” the EEOC explained. The commission’s advice, which does not carry the force of law, is raising alarms among employment-law experts who say it could carry far-reaching implications for businesses.