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Entries Tagged as 'Steven Ecker'

Vallas Lawyer: Attacks On School Chief ‘Uncivil And Irresponsible’–Rule Of Law ‘Honored’ By Vallas

November 16th, 2013 · 13 Comments · Education, News and Events

UPDATE: Connecticut Supreme Court summary here. Steven Ecker, the appellate specialist who successfully argued the Paul Vallas case before the Connecticut Supreme Court, shares this exclusive commentary about the high court’s decision, what it means while also taking exception to statements by Vallas’ critics including Norm Pattis, the attorney for plaintiffs in the case. Ecker […]

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Supremes Rule Unanimously For Vallas, Overturn Bellis (Again)–Vallas Lawyer: ‘Lawsuit Never Should Have Been Filed’

November 15th, 2013 · 58 Comments · Education, News and Events

The Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a ruling by Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis that Paul Vallas lacked the qualifications to lead Bridgeport schools. Read the decision here. The Supremes validated the authority of State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor and the Connecticut Board of Education to qualify Vallas who was hired for the school […]

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Lawyer For Vallas Urges Supremes To Overturn Lower Court

August 1st, 2013 · 11 Comments · Education, News and Events

A lawyer for Paul Vallas has submitted a 47-page brief arguing for the Connecticut Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that he lacks the proper legal certification to serve as superintendent of schools. In a brief filed on Wednesday, appellate specialist Steven Ecker, hired by the Board of Education to represent Vallas, urges […]

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School Board Member Bobby Simmons’ “Plantation Mentality” Claim–Real Or Imagined?

July 31st, 2013 · 48 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Bobby Simmons, a member of the Board of Education who’s not seeking reelection this year, claims in a commentary published in the Connecticut Post that Bridgeport’s city government “exhibits a plantation mentality.” He submitted the editorial, he writes, to place in context his recent “provocative” remarks quoted in a Post story “so their true meaning can […]

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Supremes: Vallas Remains On Job Pending Appeal, Overrule Bellis

July 26th, 2013 · 59 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

UPDATE: One down and one larger question to go. The Connecticut Supreme Court Thursday afternoon overruled Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis’ order blocking Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas from remaining on the job pending appeal of his certification issue. This means Vallas continues as school leader at least until the Supremes rule on the larger […]

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Dustup Over Vallas Legal Fees At School Board Meeting

July 24th, 2013 · 48 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

If Ed Gomes had shown as much passion for his reelection campaign last year as he did Tuesday night over the issue of legal fees for school chief Paul Vallas maybe he’d still be a state senator. Yes indeed, another night of love, peace and diplomacy as Gomes was escorted out of the Board of Education […]

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School Board To Discuss Vallas Case Legal Fees

July 22nd, 2013 · 14 Comments · Education, News and Events

The Board of Education Tuesday (today) is scheduled to meet to discuss legal fees associated with the court case involving Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis, following a lawsuit filed by retired judge Carmen Lopez aligned with the Connecticut Working Families Party opposed to Vallas, ruled Vallas lacks the legal certification to […]

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City Urges Supremes To Keep Vallas On The Job, State Seeks Permission To File Brief In Support Of School Chief

July 19th, 2013 · 84 Comments · Education, News and Events

The city Friday afternoon filed its legal brief with the Connecticut Supreme Court in support of overturning Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis’ ruling that Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas cannot remain on the job as a result of her prior decision he lacks proper legal certification to lead city schools. Meanwhile the State Board of […]

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