Poll: Should Vallas stay or must he go?

The State Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether Paul Vallas, the acting Bridgeport schools superintendent, is qualified to hold the job.

It is anticipated that oral arguments will take place during the first term of the Supreme Court, which is the week of Sept. 16-27.

At issue is whether Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis erred when she ruled last month that the independent study course Vallas took this spring at the University of Connecticut was not sufficient to warrant the certification waiver required to hold the job of school superintendent.

A state law allows such exceptions when the program is approved by the state Board of Education and endorsed by the commissioner of education.

Vallas has been with the district since late 2011 in an acting capacity to help a district that was severely underfunded and under-performing.

He has led school districts in Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans, but lacks the educational credentials to hold the job permanently in Connecticut.

The state-appointed school board that hired Vallas was replaced by an elected school board last fall at the order of the Supreme Court. That elected board voted 5-4 this year to give Vallas a three-year contract.

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Frank Juliano