The editorial board of the Connecticut Post that supported a ballot question for a mayoral-appointed Board of Education defeated by city voters last November writes:
There is no celebration over a court ruling Friday that removes Superintendent Paul Vallas as head of Bridgeport public schools. It means yet more turmoil for a struggling system desperately in need of continuity. No matter what happens on appeal, there will be doubt and uncertainty throughout the summer months and into the start of the next school year.
And yet it is impossible to miss the pattern that has played itself out over the past two years. This has been a nonstop rush of cut corners, secret deals and special treatment that started with the abdication of the elected Bridgeport Board of Education in the summer of 2011, almost exactly two years ago.
No one ever doubted that the school system desperately needed help, and still does today. But all the planning for the school board takeover by the state happened behind closed doors, with no one outside the circle of plotters, including three members of the school board itself, aware of what was happening until it was posted as an agenda item just before a holiday weekend.
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