Constructing new buildings is easy. Holding a shovel to break ground in a photo-op is easy.
These things give the impression of activity and improvement and are easy.
Adopting and implementing a rigorous, high expectations curriculum is hard. Recruiting, developing and retaining a corps of superb principals and teachers is hard. Assigning the best personnel where they are needed most is hard. Providing truly small schools for those students who need them most is hard. Providing very small class sizes at the earliest grades for those students who benefit most from them is hard. Adjusting attendance boundaries to maximize economic integration is hard.
We don’t pretend that doing the right things is easy.
We do contend that just doing easy things is wrong.