You and the SLA crew are just such an inspiration to me and our new school in Minnesota.
I know that we're a rural school, and the challenges we face will be different than what you've had to face. However, your commitment and ideals have really been a wonderful example of what we want to.
You've done so much work to this point. It's OK to "let off a little steam" when needed. You're right - it shouldn't be this hard to make something great happen for kids who really need something great to happen, but it is.
I just discovered your blog and I'm glad to see it. As a new BOE member in CT and a long-time occasional educator, I started blogging because I think that schools need a toolchest to architect better educational practice with.
Your ideas here are a tesbed for developing just such a set of tools. Please check my blog for software you can use in administration and as classroom resources. My goal is to begin to create collaborations between innovative educators to really bring education into the twenty-first century.
Hopefully we can complement each others efforts and maybe even create a metalanguage about architecting schools on a fiscal year basis. In your video you talk about the disconnect of intention with implementation. In software development a feedback cycle goes back to the specification (or management of expectation) for what's trying to be accomplished.
Be sure to level set or manage expectations rigorously. Keep it real.