Mayoral Control of Schools

Then Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy declared his desire in 2010 to take over control of the Rochester City School District.  Duffy says the future of the city - its children and families - depends on city government fully consolidating with the school district into one organization. Similar mayoral takeovers have happened in other large cities around the country including New York, Chicago, Boston and Cleveland. The controversial proposal has sparked strong opposition from school union leaders and many parents.

The New York State Assembly passed the Mayoral Control Bill on June 24, but it stalled after that. The legislation proposed July 2011 as the beginning of a five year mayoral control experiment in Rochester, but that time frame is unrealistic given Duffy's departure to become Lieutenant Governor. The fate of the plan will likely be determined by the priorities of Duffy's eventual successor at City Hall.

WXXI News Coverage

Rochester Mayoral Control Debate Gets National Attention

The Wall Street Journal takes an in depth look at mayoral control of schools in cities and Rochester is one of the cases examined in the article.

Mayoral Control Moves to Next Step in Senate

The New York State Senate will take up the debate over the proposed legislation for mayoral control of Rochester schools after the Assembly passed the measure.

Mayoral Control Public Hearing

A large turnout packed City Council Chambers for a public hearing on proposed legislation to give control of city schools to the mayor.

Lawsuit Threatened Over Mayoral Control

School Board Vice President Van White says he will submit a legal challenge to mayoral control legislation if it is passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Paterson.

Public Hearing on Mayoral Control on Friday

The State Assembly's Education Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed legislation that will give control of Rochester schools to the mayor.

Duffy's Future & the Future of Mayoral Control

Fri, 06/11/2010 - 8:30pm - 9:00pm

Tonight on Need to Know Rochester, Mayor Robert Duffy on his political aspirations and the future of mayoral control of Rochester schools.

Mayoral Control Legislation Introduced by Governor

Governor David Paterson has introduced legislation that would give the Mayor of Rochester control over the Rochester City School District.

Mayoral Control: Voices for the Plan

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Robert Brown, president of Laborers' Local 435, and former City Council President Lois Geiss, co-chairs of the Rochester Kids First Coalition, on why they're launching a pro-mayoral control initiative.

Mayoral Control: Voices Against the Plan

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Mayoral control opponents Glenny Williams and Myra Brown speak about their efforts to rally people against the controversial legislation.

One Step Closer to Mayoral Control

Mayor Robert Duffy called the draft legislation given to Governor Paterson a starting point for State Legislature deliberation.

Mayoral Control now Targeted for 2011

Mayor Robert Duffy now says that his plan to take control of the City School District will not happen in 2010.

Watch & Read the State of the City Address

Mayor Robert Duffy spent most of his annual address talking about his proposed plan to take over control of schools.

Diane Ravitch on Mayoral Control

Urban education expert Diane Ravitch explains her conclusions about the relationship between school governance and student achievement.

Community Leaders Speak out on Mayoral Control

Prominent community leaders on both sides of the issue of Mayoral Control explain their views in messages recorded by WXXI. 

Majority of Poll Respondents Favor Mayoral Control

A poll commissioned by the Center for Governmental Research shows 62% of respondents are strongly or somewhat supportive of mayoral control of Rochester city schools;Twenty-three percent say they strongly or somewhat oppose mayoral control.

Point by Point: A Forum on Mayoral Control of Rochester City Schools on WXXI-TV

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 8:00pm

Mayor Bob Duffy and Rochester City School District Board President Malik Evans will meet at WXXI studios to answer questions regarding mayorial control of city schools. Watch it online!

New Details on Mayoral Control Plan

Mayor Bob Duffy has released more specifics on his plan to take over control of city schools.

Brizard's Portfolio Plan to Reconfigure Schools

As part of his strategic plan, Rochester School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard has developed a portfolio plan to create higher-achieving schools.

WXXI to Televise Forum on Mayoral Control

WXXI will host a live televised forum Thursday, April 1 at 8:00pm on Mayor Robert Duffy's proposal to take over control of Rochester City Schools.

High School Graduation Rates Announced

The New York State Education Department released its report on High School Graduation Rates locally.