We are in the middle of a dramatic transformation in the way Britain's schools are run. The Coalition Government believes that as many as possible should become academies - in other words opting out of the direct control of local councils, and running their own budgets.
Today, new figures suggest 46% of Midlands Secondary Schools have already made the switch. But one city is bucking the trend. In Leicester only one of the city's eighteen secondary schools is an academy.
It is an argument which has raised strong passions, with each side accusing the other of playing politics with children's education. But are academy schools working?
Samworth Enterprise Academy in Leicester is the only academy at secondary school level in the city, but in the key benchmark of GCSE results it has fallen short, with the lowest marks in the city. The head-teacher says improvements are being made:
Today's figures suggest there is widespread enthusiasm for academy status across the Midlands. But Leicester bucks that trend. Samworth Academy stands alone in the city. Something which has frustrated the Secretary of State Michael Gove who has written to Leicester's MPs complaining.
So is it down to the Labour dominated City Council? Are they a roadblock to Michael Gove's vision?
There's no doubt the Secretary of State feels passionately that Academies are best. Earlier this week he ordered an interim board to take over the running of Sinfin School, a so-called failing school, in Derbyshire. The first item on the agenda of the new board, conversion to an academy.
But some teachers and unions are far from convinced that academies are the right answer, especially in Leicester.
With increasing pressure from Government and some parents and governors, meeting growing resistance among others the debate over academies looks likely to continue as the most divisive in Education.