Parents Sue To Stop State Takeover of Bridgeport Schools

An attorney for Bridgeport parents protesting the state takeover of their school district is asking a Connecticut judge to issue a court order blocking the move.

The parents argue that Bridgeport’s school board exceeded its legal authority when it asked the Department of Education last month to dismiss its members and appoint a new board in its place.

The parents’ attorney plans to request an order Thursday in Bridgeport Superior Court to block the dismissals, although it is unknown whether a ruling would be issued immediately.

City leaders including Mayor Bill Finch have said the state takeover is needed because Bridgeport’s schools are hampered by budget problems, politics, ineffective leadership and poor student performance.

But opponents say the move denies parents and taxpayers the right to elect school board members of their choosing.

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