BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Bridgeport’s school board has voted to ask the state to intervene in the city’s public school system.

Tuesday’s 6-to-3 vote would allow the state to replace the board and make budget decisions.

Board President Barbara Bellinger tells the Connecticut Post that it was her idea to ask for state intervention.

She said she is convinced the state can help raise test scores, and resolve a budget gap of nearly $20 million.

Allan Taylor, chairman of the state Board of Education, said Tuesday the state cannot provide the district with additional funds.
The city becomes the first in the state to request intervention.

City school board members Maria Pereira voted against the measure. She said if some board members feel they can’t do their jobs, they should resign.

Information from: Connecticut Post,

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