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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.
meet the new boss
April 24, 2017
Nikolai Vitti has been chosen to lead Detroit schools. Read the application that got him the job
He lays out his qualifications in a 26-page application that spells out his experience in great detail including specifics on the work he’s done as superintendent of Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville since 2012 and in his previous jobs.
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 18, 2017
Detroit’s new schools chief will be Jacksonville, Florida, superintendent Nikolai Vitti
Vitti will take over the district by July 1 after the school board voted unanimously to offer him the job.
Week In Review
April 14, 2017
Week in review: Open Meetings Act violation postpones superintendent discussion
The Detroit school board now plans to discuss (and possibly vote on) the two finalists at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday night
what you need to know
April 7, 2017
Week in Review: Pressure mounts on Detroit school board, charter growth slows, and more in this week’s news
We read the week's Detroit education news so you don't have to.
April 4, 2017
Four reasons why River Rouge’s Derrick Coleman might be Detroit’s next school boss—and four big reasons he won’t, including low scores
Derrick Coleman said goodbye to an administrative position with Detroit Public Schools in 2011. Now, the current leader of River Rouge schools said he…
April 3, 2017
10 things to know about Derrick Coleman, the suburban superintendent interviewing to run Detroit’s schools
The second of two candidates to interview for schools chief in Detroit offers a stark alternative to the first.
March 30, 2017
Five reasons why Nikolai Vitti might be Detroit’s next superintendent — and three reasons he might not
Vitti is so committed to Detroit and its schools, he said that if gets the job, he will “likely” enroll his four children in the district — though he made no commitments.
March 28, 2017
Ten things to know about Detroit superintendent candidate Nikolai Vitti
The search for Detroit’s next schools superintendent enters the next stage on Wednesday with the first of two public interviews with the finalists for the job. Here's what you need to know
change at the top
March 23, 2017
Warning of ‘inconsistency at the top,’ Detroit school administrators, teachers urge board to reconsider Meriweather
The letter calls on the board to give Meriweather a formal interview noting that district leadership has “seen up close and personal the detriment of inconsistency at the top.”
March 22, 2017
Despite being passed over for top job, Alycia Meriweather says she’s focused on changes ahead for Detroit schools
Meriweather's hopeful predictions about the future struck an odd note just days after the Detroit school board narrowed its superintendent search to three finalists that did not include Meriweather.
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