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State Supreme Court Will Review Sup’t Qualifications

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The Connecticut Supreme Court.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut State Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Bridgeport interim schools superintendent should remain in office.

Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers granted an application for an immediate expedited review by Paul Vallas, who previously led school districts in Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans.

Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis last week ordered Vallas to leave his job immediately after ruling last month that the independent course work he took for a school leadership program was not sufficient to warrant a certification waiver required to hold the job.

Steven Ecker, Vallas’ attorney, says he’s pleased the court has agreed to review the case. Kevin Smith, attorney for two city residents who made the challenge, says Bellis’ ruling was correct.

Arguments are planned before the high court in September.

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