My kids go to school in Milton, NH. This school system has been listed as "in need of improvement" with the state for a while. My son, in the 6th grade. He repeatedly misses his homework, ie. not passed in on time. Now back when I was in school (graduated in 92) if my homework wasn't passed in on time I received a failing mark for it. My son is allowed to turn in his homework late. A day, a week, a few weeks, and get a passing mark for it. While I appreciate the fact that he's given the chance to make it up, and achieve a passing grade I fail to see where this helps a person in life. To me it seems it's a way for the school system to "bend" a little and help a student out to get a better grade. This to me also seems a way to skew the numbers for the state. To get higher marks for the students to get the system out of the "school in need of improvement" status. Fudging the numbers if you will. Still ok with that I guess... but.... it does nothing to help them with lessons in life. Employers expect and demand quality and timely work. If not, we as employees fail. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm thinking a private school system without government involvement, or incentives may be a much better choice for them.