HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Hartford’s superintendent of schools is defending her record after the city’s Board of Education voted to not extend her contract when it expires next year.

Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said in a statement after the board’s vote Tuesday night that city schools have seen “tremendous” increases in student achievement, increased graduation rates, more choice for parents and national recognition for reform effort during her eight years with the school system.

Kishimoto was promoted to superintendent from assistant superintendent in 2011 and given a three-year contract as the first Latino woman to lead the school system. She had asked for a two-year contract extension to 2016.

Some school board members have expressed concern that reforms were moving too slow.


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