Former Philly Schools Superintendent Fired in Connecticut

Paul Vallas, the Philadelphia School District’s former superintendent, lost his job as the head of Bridgeport, Conn. schools Friday for what school officials termed a lack of proper certification. Vallas, a popular superintendent for Philly schools from 2002 to 2006, was accused of creating a “sham” individual study course to attain those credentials for his $234,000-a-year position, which Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis found not to meet state requirements. Vallas took over Bridgeport’s superintendent position in late 2011, when city and school officials agreed to remove the Board of Education in favor or appointees. Despite a Superior Court ruling that appointment illegal, Vallas maintained his position. Bridgeport officials are expected to file a stay in the case. [Daily News]