Vallas running for office in Illinois, future as Bridgeport superintendent unclear

Paul Vallas — who was recruited by the state’s education commissioner to run Bridgeport Public Schools — is running for lieutenant governor in Illinois as the running mate with Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

The Illinois governor confirmed his choice in a statement.

“Paul is an independent problem solver with a proven record of reform. He will be a strong lieutenant governor for the common good,” Quinn said Friday.

So what does this mean for Vallas’s future a the leader of Connecticut largest public school system and one of the lowest-achieving districts?

Vallas and his spokesman at Bridgeport schools was not immediately available Friday.

The news was first reported by the political blog Capitol Fax.

Vallas has had a tumultuous couple of years in Bridgeport. A decision is pending from the Connecticut Supreme Court on whether Vallas has the proper prerequisites to even be a superintendent in the state. He also lost control of his local school board during this week’s election when several candidates opposing him won a spot on the board.

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