BRIDGEPORT - Lawyers for Bridgeport Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas were in court Monday morning fighting for his job.

The state Supreme Court heard the appeal of a lower court ruling deciding Vallas is not qualified to run the district. The dispute centers on an independent study course at UConn that Vallas took to receive a waiver from the state.

Vallas' attorney says state law allows for certification requirements to be waived and modified for out-of-state candidates who were hand-picked to run a school district. Moreover, Vallas' lawyer says he already had experience running school districts.

The plaintiff's attorney says Vallas designed his own course, which turned out to include less than what state law requires.