When one approaches school reform you can stay at the wading pool level or dive into the deep end. Either way you're engaged. But the deeper you go, the closer you come to the intractable problems in the neighborhoods, where for generations schools have been failing and kids drowning.
I've certainly been at the wading pool level. But gradually over the last 25 years, I've realized that meaningful change will come only when talented professional educators are given the freedom and opportunity to truly change the circumstances for children in public schools.