According to the CT Post, Vallas told the (school) board Monday night he could have accepted a contract from the state appointed board but thought the respectful thing to do was to wait. “Now the only thing that will get me not to accept a contract is the board not giving me a contract. Because now, I’m pretty aggravated.”
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Connecticut’s Working Families Party is one vote short of controlling the Board of Education. It is weighing in hard against Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas including a protest in front of Harding High School Monday afternoon. The WFP, like any political organization, wants to pick its own person. Hold on a minute, says the Parent Advisory Council that represents thousands of city parents, we like Vallas and we want him to stay. Statement follows:
P.A.C. was shocked to learn that a press advisory release by the Connecticut Working Families Party on February 24, 2013 calling for Vallas’s ouster gave the impression that P.A.C. had come out against Vallas. Tammy Boyle, Corresponding Secretary for P.A.C., stated, “No one from the Connecticut Working Families Party even bothered to ask us for our take on Mr. Vallas. No one asked our opinion. They completely ignored us. The bottom line is that the Connecticut Working Families Party does not speak for parents in Bridgeport. They have spread false information and their press event is misleading and disrespectful to Bridgeport parents.”
Before Mr. Vallas’s arrival, Bridgeport schools faced a crippling budget deficit and devastating cuts in education. In less than a year on the job, Mr. Vallas has closed an $18 million budget deficit and made a series of improvements that directly impact students. PTSO President at Central High School, Lenore Foreman-Lewis stated, “If someone starts something, they should be given a chance to finish the job. Get out of the way and let the man (Vallas) work!”
Further, Carol Nunley, P.A.C. District Community Representative, said, “Vallas has done a wonderful job in a very short amount of time. Imagine how much more he can accomplish in another year. Our schools are finally on a path toward progress and improvement, let’s keep that going.”
Moreover, the PTSO President at Harding High School, Richard Pezzella, was never contacted or asked his views about a press conference being held at his school. Mr. Pezzella stated, “As the elected parent leader at Harding High School, I was never contacted or notified of this press conference. The truth is Paul Vallas is doing a fabulous job, especially at the high schools. His college credit program is phenomenal, he has made sure our kids have news books and has made safety a top priority. I have no problem with Mr. Vallas. Instead of coming to parents and asking our views the Working Families party has decided to bring outsiders in to blame superintendent Vallas.”