U.S. Education Secretary weighs in on Bridgeport leadership debacle
What does U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan think about the recent court decision that the superintendent of Connecticut’s largest public school system is not eligible to run Bridgeport schools?
“A superintendent is told he can’t hold his job. That’s fascinating to me,” Duncan told The Huffington Post.
Vallas has said he intends to appeal the Superior Court judge’s ruling.
State law requires all superintendents in Connecticut to be certified by the State Department of Education, which requires that a candidate has a master’s degree, 30 credits in courses related to becoming a superintendent and eight years of teaching or administrative experience. These requirements can be waived for up to one year by the state’s education commissioner while the candidate completes an “educational leadership program” approved by the State Board of Education.
Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that Vallas did not complete a necessary program, despite Vallas’s enrollment in an independent study created for him by the University of Connecticut.
“The court orders Paul Vallas be removed from his office,” she ruled.
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