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Detroit school board
January 12, 2018
Detroit week in review: the face off, the fall out and the rest of the week’s school news
The fate of a vacant former school building on Detroit’s east side could be decided as soon as today when the charter school…
January 8, 2018
Facing aging, crumbling and half-empty buildings, Detroit school board to consider $945,000 review of district properties
The district is reviewing the conditions of its buildings before making decisions about which buildings should get renovations — and which ones might need to be closed.
December 22, 2017
What would make 2018 the best yet for Detroit’s students? Nine leaders who care about education weigh in.
It been a year full of ups and down, but big challenges mean there are lots of opportunities for improvement.
What's in a name?
December 12, 2017
Detroit has one of the nation’s only schools named for a Trump cabinet member. That name could change soon.
Among schools that could be affected by ending schools named after living people is the Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine.
October 10, 2017
How many kids can read by third grade? How many schools offer health services? This is how the Detroit schools plan to measure their success
The Detroit school board is expected to vote Tuesday on its new strategic plan that spells out the "essential metrics" the district will use to measure success.
Struggling Detroit schools
September 25, 2017
The story of Detroit’s schools is much more nuanced than many people realize. Here’s how we can cover it together.
The truth is that the story of Detroit’s school is much more nuanced than most people realize.
September 18, 2017
Fixing Detroit’s schools won’t happen overnight. Here’s what new Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says he can do by next year.
It could be years before Detroiters see significant improvement in their struggling city schools, but Detroit’s new schools boss says there are some…
Against the odds
September 11, 2017
‘Possible, but daunting’: Inside Nikolai Vitti’s early effort to transform Detroit’s battered public schools
Three months after taking on one of the most daunting tasks in American education, Nikolai Vitti was having a fit over pizza —…
August 16, 2017
With new contract, first-year teachers in Detroit could soon make more than peers in Grosse Pointe and other suburbs
For years, Detroit’s main school district has paid some of the lowest starting teacher salaries in the region but Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says that’s about…
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.
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 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.
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.
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