Let’s review. We need to fix our failing schools, sooner rather than later. If we are divided from our school district, our district will fail. Whether that division expresses itself as outright hatred or simple disrespect, we will fail. We have not spent enough to adequately maintain our facilities or get ahead of our growth. We could spend up to $1.3 billion, but it is OK to start with a lesser amount. We need to get started though. There are hundreds of opinions about how to fix a struggling school system. Most will fail when applied broadly across a district.
There are only a handful of things that seem to work consistently, sustainably and at scale to improve a struggling school system. Everyone already knows these things; they are obvious after all. Knowing something and pursuing it with an unrelenting focus are different things. Want to be successful? Data suggests we block out most other things and do the work below extraordinarily well. We have not done any of these well for quite a while. Reflect on that.