| Cross post from Jon Pelto's Wait What?
Last night, addressing the Bridgeport Board of Education's evaluation of Paul Vallas, the City's $234,000, part-time, superintendent of schools and the decision of whether they should extend Vallas' contract for another year, Mayor Bill Finch explained...
"He's a lot smarter than they are and they ought to let him do his job." (CT Post 2-6-13)
Always classy, the Mayor was talking about a board made up of candidates he helped choose and who went on to be elected to the Bridgeport Board of Education by the people of his City.
This latest development took place on the first day of Finch's "education listening tour."
Still reeling from the November defeat of his effort to change the Bridgeport City Charter to do away with the City's democratically elected board of education and replace it with one appointed by him, the Mayor and his handlers decided it was time to send him around the city on an education reform listening tour where he could show the voters that he was collecting suggestions about how he could use his position as Mayor to strengthen the local education system.
Finch's effort to do away with a democratically elected board was always an extremely strange strategy considering Finch already controls the Board of Education through the Democratic Party's nominating process. In fact, when it comes to Board of Education votes, the members supporting Finch always win on a vote of six to three or, at worst, five to four, so why the need to spend well over $560,000 in a failed attempt to undermine democracy and completely do away with an elected board was more than a bit strange.
In any case, the Board of Education has now been told to forgo a search for a new superintendent and simply extend Vallas' appointment, again, despite the fact that when Vallas arrived in Bridgeport in December 2011, after being recruited by Connecticut Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, he told the Wall Street Journal that he would complete his task of "turning around" Bridgeport's schools and move on within one year.
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