Supreme Court To Hear Bridgeport Superintendent Case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut State Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case questioning the qualifications of Bridgeport Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas.

Justices are scheduled to hear the case Monday morning.

Vallas is appealing a ruling in July by a Bridgeport Superior Court judge, who ordered Vallas to leave the superintendent’s job immediately because he didn’t meet state requirements to hold the position. The ruling was stayed pending the Supreme Court appeal.

Vallas isn’t certified to be a school superintendent. Judge Barbara Bellis said Vallas didn’t meet the requirements of rules that allow a certification waiver, because a course he took on educational leadership was inadequate.

Vallas disputes the ruling. He led school districts in Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans before becoming acting Bridgeport superintendent in January 2012.

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