To hear some tell it, Paul Vallas is the savior of Bridgeport schools, a visionary working to turn around one of the state's lowest-performing districts. Others contend that the schools superintendent is an arrogant reformer, making too much change too quickly, with an agenda to turn education into a profit center.I'll go with the latter.
Says fellow privateer, Andrew Rotherham: "He's a disaster specialist."
Lindsay Farrell, executive director of the Connecticut Working Families Party, sees Vallas as part of a "national assault" on public education aimed at privatizing it.
"He's profit-motivated, said Farrell... I think he's a businessman who is trying to turn a profit and use the thing that he's known for to make money either in Bridgeport or other places."You've nailed it, Lindsay. Take it from us here in Chicago, Philly, New Orleans, Haiti and Chile.