BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Some top officials in Connecticut’s largest city want to ask the state to intervene in its troubled school system.

Bridgeport’s mayor, schools superintendent and school board president are asking the city’s Board of Education on Tuesday to consider a resolution that would, in essence, let the state dismiss the entire board.

Bridgeport Superintendent John Ramos said he and Mayor Bill Finch and School Board President Barbara Bellinger want the state Department of Education to have the authority to appoint a new board.

The state recently announced an intervention to help run Windham’s schools, but stopped short of replacing that board.
Finch says he thinks state involvement in Bridgeport’s schools is necessary for students’ sake and to remove politics from education decisions. The 20,000-student district has also had chronic budget problems.
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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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