Bully or Bodyguard? The WSJ Looks at Mayors Who Take Over Schools.
The piece offers the pros and cons of mayoral control, which U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is pushing for in Detroit and which critics loathe because it "can shut out dissent, especially from parents and teachers." DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander tells the WSJ why it's not likely to happen here: The DISD "includes 13 municipalities, most of which do not elect Dallas's mayor." But, perhaps it's an inevitablity:
"I would anticipate that over the next few years we will see a new wave" of switches to mayoral authority, says Kenneth Wong, director of Brown University's urban education policy program, who studies mayoral control of schools.Bonus round: Another Dallas mayor appears in this morning's Journal -- Ron Kirk, of course, likely to be confirmed as U.S. trade representative today. But not without concerns from the paper's editorial board:
He said that as mayor of Dallas, Tex., he saw first-hand how trade benefits small businesses. But it's unclear how, or whether, he'd act on that insight. The U.S. needs strong trade leadership to forestall protectionist urges in a global downturn. If Messrs. Obama and Kirk don't provide that leadership, we're in for a rough economic ride.