Republican mayoral candidate Hal Heiner has a new television ad that hits Democrat candidate Greg Fischer for following Heiner on calls to change the student assignment plan.

Heiner was the first candidate to discuss the JCPS student assignment plan on television*. He ran an ad that called for an end to the plan, which Heiner later said has not improved education (though he still supports diversity goals in the schools). Fischer criticized the spot, but, as Heiner points out in his latest ad, Fischer soon after said the assignment plan should be fixed. Fischer again says the plan should be fixed in his latest TV ad.

The mayor has no direct authority over JCPS, but both candidates say they will try to lead the conversation about changing the assignment plan. They differ on how they would lead the conversation and in how detailed they’ve been about their plans.

Heiner’s campaign has frequently accused Fischer of co-opting Heiner’s ideas.

*Although, if my research is correct, independent Jackie Green was the first candidate in the general election to call for an end to the assignment plan.