The hiring of Bridgeport Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas — and perhaps the future of dramatic urban education reform in Connecticut — will go before the state Supreme Court this morning.
The court will consider a challenge to the hiring of Vallas and whether a state-approved “school leadership program” in lieu of fulfilling requirements to be a certified superintendent in Connecticut. The fight pits opponents to Bridgeport’s state-backed school reform initiative against Vallas and his supporters.
The court’s ruling almost certainly will decide the fate of Vallas — who now faces a newly elected majority opposing him on the Bridgeport board of education — as well as the state’s aggressive strategy of intervening in failing school districts. Opponents have portrayed the Vallas and state-backed school reform initiative in Bridgeport as creeping corporatization of public education.