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Vallas to Keep Bridgeport Job During Appeal

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A sign outside Bridgeport City Hall. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

A sign outside Bridgeport City Hall. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Bridgeport’s school superintendent will be allowed to stay on the job while he appeals a judge’s ruling that found he is not qualified to hold the position.

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a stay as it prepares to hear Paul Vallas’ appeal in September.

Vallas, who previously led school districts in Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans, is not certified in Connecticut.

A state law was passed last year allowed him to get a certification waiver if he completed an education leadership program approved by the state Board of Education.

But some residents challenged the independent study course he took to meet that requirement. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that completing that course did not qualify Vallas for his job and ordered him to step down.

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