On Monday, The Wall Street Journal ran a piece chronicling the attempt by Robert Duffy, the mayor of Rochester, New York, to take over his city's schools from its elected school board. The practice of mayoral control of schools has become popular in recent years, as cities, such as New York and Washington, D.C., have switched to the models and claimed big gains, in the process.

The argument for mayoral control, according to the story, is that relative to a board of elected officials, mayors can act more quickly to make sweeping changes (something evidenced especially in D.C., as well as Chicago, where current Education Secretary Arne Duncan was previously the city's school chancellor). They are opposed by the boards themselves and teachers' unions, which argue that mayoral control takes power away from the people who can no longer elect a board—as well as that other popular trends are likely to follow with mayoral control, such as performance pay for teachers.

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