There are inequities - both perceived and real - between schools. Let's face it, anything separate is inherently unequal. While we must accept this non-uniformity, we want our schools to be equivalent, or, barring that, we want them all to be at least adequate. I think that "Every School a Great School" is a wonderful goal, but I think we should start with "Every School an Adequate School" and work up from there.
So what are the inequities?
In elementary school I think they are class size, access to enrichment (arts, field trips, etc.), and access to challenging curricula. More than that, there is a serious concern that some schools are not setting and maintaining sufficiently high expectations for students.
In middle school they are essentially the same: access to music and arts, access to challenging curricula, and, at some schools, low expectations.
In high school, again, they are the same.
Are there other significant inequities that we need to address?
And how can we address these inequities? The District could certainly take a hand in class size through their budgeting practice, but in the end there's a lot of site-based control. Some of that has been pulled back, but a lot remains with the principal. The decision to offer arts and music is strictly a site-based decision, isn't it? Likewise course offerings at middle and high schools. Buildings decide for themselves how they will address the needs of their advanced learners, and it is up to principals to police how teachers set their academic expectations. So what, if anything, can be done at the District level, and what, specifically, can be done at the building level, to correct the inequities?
It isn't enough to say that there are inequities. They must be specifically identified and solutions must be put forward.