This is Texas, we created the monster of competition. If there's a trophy to be won, someone is shooting for it.
Mark of Excellence
It's never been about the kids, it's about people's egos. If it were really about the kids, people would be willing to teach in the "tough" schools and never win a trophy.
Anyone can be successful at those top tier "Grade A" schools (you see it when people change jobs or retire). Can they do it at an underperforming urban "F" school?