Bill’s third reading
So will Blair complete his vision: a future where every school is either an academy, a trust or – at the very least – a specialist college? Next week, this vision faces a critical barrier.
As Mr Willetts said, it would be "extremely useful for an incoming Conservative government to have the powers that are in this Bill".
So what might a future Conservative government do with those powers? Certainly, the Conservatives would want to go further down the road of independence for schools than even Mr Blair has indicated. They would remove still more power from local education authorities.
Might this further reform include allowing commercial companies to run Trust Schools at a profit? When asked, Mr Willetts chose his words carefully: "We are not proposing for-profit schools for now but we do not rule them out for the future."
It should be an interesting few days in the House of Commons. And, of course, there is still the House of Lords to come where Lord Kinnock and Lady Estelle Morris lie in wait for the Bill.
Tony Blair’s schools revolution still has some obstacles to overcome.
Comment: With the help of Tories in the House of Commons & the House of Lords, he might just clear the hurdle.