Teachers could be the next leaders of some Rochester City Schools. It's an idea the Rochester Teacher's Association is putting into motion.
They already control the classroom.
"If they can lead or help lead, then it would be to the benefit of the students," said Elaine Small-Bess.
Small-Bess has been a teacher with the Rochester City School District for more than 20 years. She's all for the idea of having teacher-run schools.
"I think teachers know best about what should go on in the classroom and as well what should go on in the school," she said.
Teachers' union president Adam Urbanski says the idea of schools being ran by teachers comes from the book "Trusting Teachers With School Success." It's a book he endorsed.
"There are about 70 such schools in the United States. They are doing on the average a whole lot better than schools that are more traditional and our superintendent agrees with the teachers' union that we should try it here," said Urbanski.
The union will present a proposal for teacher-led schools in mid-April during its negotiations with the district. Urbanski says if things go well, the district could have its first teacher-led school as early as this fall.
"I think it's something that's very interesting and intriguing. We'll have to learn more about it to see how it would exactly work. But I think the best ideas you can get from the schools sometimes grow organically from the teaching force," said Malik Evans, RCSD school board president.
The proposal will suggest six schools of elementary and secondary levels to be teacher-led. That will make Rochester the leader for the model nationwide.
The only downside, most say, is running a classroom plus the school can be a real challenge. Still, it's a challenge Urbanski believes will be worth it.
"The reason why I'm still optimistic is because the satisfaction that teachers will get from running a school the way they always wished it were, rather than the way they are told to do it, is going to outweigh the additional responsibility and the additional work," said Urbanski.