From Ken Dixon, CT Post:
HARTFORD — The General Assembly will not seek to overturn last week’s state Supreme Court decision that rejected the takeover of the Bridgeport’s Board of Education.
There was not enough support in the city’s six-member delegation to push a bill that would ratify the reconstituted board.
Other lawmakers were concerned that a legislative remedy to the high court’s ruling could threaten the state’s tradition of local control of public schools.
“There is not consensus within the delegation on addressing the Supreme Court,” said Doug Whiting, spokesman for Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan, who last week gauged the interest and priorities of the city’s delegation.
The city’s lawmakers last week were divided on the issue and the ramifications of superseding local control.
“I think the feeling at this point, without a consensus, it just didn’t make sense to bring this any further,” Whiting said.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, at an event in Norwalk prior to Donovan’s announcement, said he hoped the progress begun under Bridgeport interim Superintendent Paul Vallas continues.
“I’d certainly like to see him continue in that position for as long as he wants to continue and the political leadership of Bridgeport wants him to continue,” Malloy said.
Vallas, who has a one-year contract, has said his work would continue, regardless of the outcome of the takeover litigation.
It appears the job of scheduling a special election will now resume in Superior Court in Waterbury. Under the Supreme Court’s ruling, the seats of four local school board members whose term had expired will be filled in that special election. The winners would join the other five members of the now-disbanded, locally elected school board.