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Former CPS chief Paul Vallas to head Bridgeport, Conn. schools

**FILE** In this May 6 2008 file phoPaul Vallas superintendent New Orleans Recovery School District listens news conference New Orleans.

**FILE** In this May 6, 2008 file photo, Paul Vallas, superintendent of the New Orleans Recovery School District, listens at a news conference in New Orleans. Vallas said Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, he is exploring a run for the Cook County Board in 2010 in his native Illinois. Vallas says he plans to stay with the Recovery School District through the next school year but is looking to recruit the next team of leaders to take over. Vallas formerly was superintendent of the Chicago public schools system and made an unsuccessful run for governor of Illinois. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

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Updated: January 23, 2012 10:51AM

Paul Vallas, who rose to prominence in Chicago as head of the Chicago Public Schools after then-Mayor Richard M. Daley took control of the struggling system, will soon be serving a different Bridgeport — Bridgeport, Conn.

Vallas, who went on to to lead the school systems in Philadelphia and New Orleans after making a failed run for Illinois governor in 2001, has been named interim schools superintendent in Bridgeport, Conn.

He starts Jan. 1 in the position, which will last up to a year, and earn him the same $229,000 annual salary as his predecessor, John Ramos. AP

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