With the General Assembly in special session, CT Post reporter Ken Dixon wrote this:
One measure up for approval would provide a $3.5 million loan to the Bridgeport school board if it allows the state education commissioner to select the three finalists for Bridgeport school superintendent or its chief financial officer.
If the city lives up to the requirement, the loan may be forgiven.
Mary Loftus Levine, executive director of the Connecticut Education Association, said the city is being forced to give up its autonomy for a few million dollars.
“It’s very undemocratic,” she said in a phone interview Tuesday night. “In many districts there’s a committee made up of the stakeholders who actually live and work in the city. The boards of education are the people who hire their superintendents. That’s the way the process has been. It’s unusual for the commissioner to have this kind of power.”
Jonathan Pelto reports