Conn. school superintendent fighting to keep job

September 21, 2013 • Business

FILE – This May 6, 2008, file photo, shows then-New Orleans Recovery School District superintendent Paul Vallas during a news conference in New Orleans. Vallas became superintendent in January 2012 of the Bridgeport, Conn., school system. But Vallas isn’t certified by the state to be a school superintendent, and a lawsuit challenging his credentials is scheduled to go before the state Supreme Court Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Paul Vallas was hailed by his supporters as a proven reformer who would turn around Bridgeport schools when he took over the superintendent’s job in January 2012, after having led troubled, big city school districts in Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans.

Less than two years later, however, he’s fighting to keep his job in battles being waged on two fronts: a lawsuit challenging his credentials that has reached the state Supreme Court and a city Board of Education election in November that could change the majority from pro-Vallas to anti-Vallas and lead to a vote on his ouster.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday on whether Vallas, who is not certified to be a school superintendent in Connecticut, properly fulfilled requirements in state law that allow a certification waiver. He is appealing a ruling in July by Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis, who said Vallas didn’t meet the waiver condition because the course he took on educational leadership was inadequate.

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