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January 7, 2019
Meet the top administrators working behind the scenes to improve the Detroit district
These Detroit administrators have key roles to play in the historic effort to turn around Michigan's largest school district.
One year in
May 17, 2018
A year after Nikolai Vitti arrived in Detroit, a look back at his application shows what’s changed
A year after Nikolai Vitti arrived in Detroit, we return to his application — his blueprint for the district — to mark the things that have happened, the plans that have been made, and the work still left to do.
January 9, 2018
Former Detroit schools finance chief accused of bungling paperwork says he’s not to blame
The dispute could play a role at Tuesday’s board meeting, where the former official plans to defend his reputation amid criticism from Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.
December 21, 2017
Paperwork snafu cost Detroit school district $6.5 million in state funds
The error won't affect current students because the problem relates to the old Detroit Public Schools, which exists only to pay down legacy debt and no longer runs schools.
July 20, 2017
Superintendent’s inner circle: These are the people Detroit’s new schools boss Nikolai Vitti has tapped to help rebuild the district
The new arrivals include several administrators he lured from his last job as Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida. Also on the list are several people who served as top officials in the Education Achievement Authority,
Calming the chaos
July 6, 2017
A year after the tearful demise of a proposed Detroit school oversight commission, backers seek another way to bring order to Detroit schools
The hope is that they can set aside their differences to collectively address issues such as enrollment and transportation that can be challenging for families in a city without a centralized school system.
Week In Review
June 30, 2017
The week in review: Goodbye, EAA and master teachers. Hello, Alycia Meriweather and Big Sean
Long-struggling schools in a special turnaround district are returning to Detroit’s district — just as new schools chief Nikolai Vitti shakes up the central administration.
Week In Review
May 26, 2017
Week in review: A new Detroit superintendent — and fights over funding, vouchers and vaccines
While the nation’s education world was focused this week on Betsy DeVos, proposed school budget cuts and the…
May 24, 2017
Former interim superintendent Alycia Meriweather ‘discussing’ new role in Detroit district under superintendent Nikolai Vitti
Whether Meriweather’s presence at the hiring fair suggests a permanent role for her in Vitti’s administration hasn’t yet been decided, she said
May 15, 2017
Daily school visits and more: Here’s Nikolai Vitti’s plan for his first 100 days as Detroit superintendent
Vitti will meet with a long list of Detroiters as he tries to develop what he says would be the district’s first “strategic plan,” according to his 100-day plan.
meet the new boss
May 13, 2017
Q&A: New Detroit superintendent Nikolai Vitti is looking for a city house, schools for his kids, and — maybe — a ‘fit’ for Alycia Meriweather
Detroit’s next schools superintendent plans to arrive in the city as soon as May 22 and has a long to-do list for his first few weeks.
Week In Review
May 5, 2017
Week in review: Can a district with half-empty schools keep them open?
Our analysis of district data this week identified more than 40 schools that are more than half empty, some housing vacant classrooms, darkened hallways and entire wings that have been mothballed.
May 4, 2017
In a district full of empty classrooms and darkened hallways, can Detroit find a way to keep its schools open?
A Chalkbeat analysis comparing school capacity to student enrollment found that 43 of the 103 school buildings in the main Detroit district and in the state-run Education Achievement Authority are at least half empty. Only a handful are full.
Week In Review
April 21, 2017
Week in review: A new Detroit schools boss — and (another) panic over closing threats
The episode illustrated just how on edge Detroit is when it comes to its schools — hardly an easy landscape for Vitti to enter.
The new boss
April 19, 2017
Detroit superintendent pick Nikolai Vitti: I’ve been ‘drafted by my home team’
"To be selected as the first superintendent by the newly elected board and new district is humbling and an honor," Vitti said in a statement.
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