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