Michelle Rhee Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools, seems to be making progress in her endeavor to reform the public school system in D.C. I personally support her efforts, but it does raise a number of questions for me. Namely, why haven't previous leaders who have promised change been effective is bringing about the change required to turn things around? In Grand Rapids Michigan, the school system there is starting a policy that gives students an "H" instead of an "F" and giving them an opportunity to improve their grade. I like this idea if it is part of a comprehensive plan to improve student performance and inspire them to embrace strong academic performance. There is an undeniable connection between academic performance / highest grade level earned and life time earning potential. So, what are the opinions on improving academic performance and preparing our youth for jobs and careers in the work place? If this is not a goal, what is the alternative goal?