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In rural Colorado, a school district in conjunction with city administrators offers its students a work-study program that promotes local interest. In order to qualify for the program, students must commit to a rigorous set of standards, which includes committing to working for the state department for at least one calendar year following high school graduation for a predetermined wage.

This rule is intended to help the state generate return on its investment. Administrators for the program recently announced that in an attempt to make the program more appealing, the rule will no longer be in effect. If the program fails to generate more interest, the school board is seeking to cut the program.

Assuming all of the following are true, which does NOT provide justification for the administrators’ decision?


Students often complain about the rule because they earn low wages by entering the job market a year later.


Administrators often find that the program fails to provide necessary training for students once they enter the workforce upon completion.


The local school district is planning to cut the program because it discourages students from entering college upon graduation.


Students often have a difficult time finding employment after completing the program.


The number of students applying to the program has decreased in the past year.

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