Vallas says he'd help with transition to successor
By The Associated Press
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -
Superintendent Paul Vallas, newly named as the 2014 running mate of
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, says leaving the Connecticut school system "is
not an easy decision."
Vallas said Friday he's "extremely honored" by "an
unexpected and extraordinary opportunity" in his home state, and
accepted knowing he would have to leave the job he's held for almost two
years. He said he'll work with Bridgeport's newly elected school board
as it searches for its own pick for superintendent and "focus on what is best for the district going forward."
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said "substantial
improvements" have been made to the schools during Vallas' tenure and
wished him luck in "a very wonderful opportunity."
Vallas has been appealing a Connecticut court ruling that he was given an improper waiver in his state superintendent's certification.
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