If your child is a straight A student, they are likely to represent only 1% of all students attending public schools yet they are disproportionately more likely to control nearly 99% of the praise and gold stars in primary school, and nearly all academic scholarships in the secondary setting. In an effort to reduce the nearly epidemic drop out rate among average to academically bankrupt students from households earning below $250,000.00 per year, a group that has been historically disadvantaged by the way, a bold new initiative has been presented that has the potential to level the classroom out and allow those with poor academic backgrounds the ability to progress and achieve the successes they are entitled to as public school attendees. The 1%’ers have held a virtual monopoly on access to the best teachers, classroom equipment, student aid jobs, and upon graduation full ride academic scholarships and acceptance to tier one schools. They have benefited from the extra attention and it is time for them to pay their fair share. Beginning with this upcoming semester the top 1% academically will have to give up 40% of their total grade point averages as part of this new progressive program. Students with the lowest grade point averages will be given access to those points to assist them in meeting the minimum passing grade point average so the dream of graduation will not be lost to a whole generation of acadamically weak youth. It is wrong to automatically assume that those with failing grades, poor attendance, criminal records, and can shoot 45% from the field, are somehow getting a free ride here. On the contrary, their pain can almost be heard behind their laughter. Their eyes are red and dilated but that is from the tears shed contemplating their uncertain futures. Well now, we as a people can insure that those who were likely to see a life full of hair nets and name tags secure meaningful careers as doctors, lawyers, and rocket scientists. No longer will they fret having to take home their progress report and it’s abysmal scores, fearful of having their social life interrupted with meaningless requirements. No longer will they spend endless hours ruining their eyesight squinting at the small print, the spector of physical injury from paper cuts striking fear into them. No we owe it to those whose needs are the greatest to give them the most. Passing grades are a basic student right, and it is our duty to provide an environment where all student can equally achieve and find the pride that has been missing in their lives for so long. We cannot wait for high minded radical steps to correct the deficiencies, we need the change now. We cannot wait for the failed programs and policies, tutoring, head start, smaller class sizes these student are failing now and working harder will just take too long. I am sure that once the requirements of this initiative are in place the joy that was once the privilege of so few will be shared by all. Stay tuned because we will be tackling the deplorable and discriminatory practices condoned by athletic departments all across our land. Standing proudly with the president we will be announcing the components of the “Everyone Gets to Play” varsity athletics fairness doctrine in the near future.