Despite the best efforts of Governor Malloy, Commissioner Pryor, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Bridgeport Board of Education Chairman Kenneth Moales and Paul Vallas himself, the issue they simply couldn’t overcome was the fact that under Connecticut law (even after it was changed to try and accommodate Vallas), Vallas was unwilling or unable to do the things necessary to meet Connecticut law.
Perhaps the most telling moment came when Paul Vallas whined that asking him to be certified to serve as superintendent of schools was like asking Michael Jordan to become certified to coach basketball. What Vallas refused to understand was that if Michael Jordan wanted to coach basketball at a Connecticut public school he would have needed to become certified for the job.
ConnCAN, the charter school advocacy group is calling the violation of Connecticut law nothing more than a technicality
They, along with Malloy, Pryor and Vallas seem unwilling to accept the notion that we are a nation of laws.
There are 45,000 certified teachers and more than 8,000 certified administrators.
Governor Malloy added language to his “education reform” bill to make it much, much easier for Paul Vallas to serve as Superintendent and still Vallas and his ally, Commissioner Stefan Pryor, refused to take the steps necessary to meet the law.
The arrogance and sense of entitlement was evident in the embarrassing, pitiful testimony Vallas and Pryor provided in this court case last Monday.
In the coming days we’ll review the story in greater details, but for now, those interested in this issue should read the Connecticut Post’s story about the case, which can be found here: Connecticut Post: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/School-s-out-for-Vallas-4637246.php and the CT Mirror story which can be found here: http://www.ctmirror.org//story/judge-rules-bridgeport-superintendent-not-eligible-run-district and a Connecticut Post editorial which is here: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Vallas-ruling-just-the-latest-failure-4637077.php
In addition, readers can find Judge Bellis’ decision ousting Paul Vallas as Bridgeport’s superintendent here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/150609033/Vallas-Bridgeport-Decision
Be sure to check back for later for more details.