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Detroit school board
July 10, 2018
Rise & Shine: New teachers will be certified — but how will they be trained?
Good morning! School might be out for the summer but the Detroit school board has a packed agenda…
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.
May 3, 2018
Detroit district board votes to change name of ‘special education,’ but not everyone agrees it’s ‘exceptional’
The Detroit board of education wants to change the name to give special needs students more "dignity."
April 13, 2018
Week in review: Getting over that ‘F’ on the Nation’s Report Card
The reports early this week about Detroit’s last-place ranking among big city school districts on a national exam is…
March 14, 2018
Detroit school board to protesters: Please remain civil. Protesters to school board: You’re naive
The meeting is being rescheduled, while the board president is making an appeal for civility.
March 13, 2018
Mold-infested Detroit school will be closed for the rest of the year, school board meeting ends in chaos
District superintendent Nikolai Vitti notified the school board about plans for the Palmer Park Preparatory Academy during a board meeting Tuesday night that became so raucous, the board called a recess for nearly an hour before voting to end the meeting without addressing most of the items on its agenda.
Mid-year progress report
January 24, 2018
Higher reading scores predicted for Detroit’s third-graders, but superintendent warns ‘a lot can happen’ before final exams
Nikolai Vitti says the district’s youngest students are moving in the right direction in reading — but he warned not to expect improvements in math this year.
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.
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
Week In Review
March 31, 2017
Week in review: The superintendent candidate who might (or might not) send his kids to Detroit public schools
Controversy and a lawsuit didn't stop Detroit's main school district from moving into the next phase of its superintendent search this week: interviews with the first of two remaining finalists.
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.
February 28, 2017
Detroit lawsuit stops just short of accusing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of bribery
The suit seeks potentially millions of dollars from the billionaire Michigan philanthropist, asserting that she used campaign contributions to kill a controversial education commission.
Going to court
Updated February 8, 2017
Detroit school board readies for legal fight to stop school closings
The Detroit school board is holding an emergency meeting tonight to consider legal action to stop school closures.
Week In Review
January 13, 2017
Week In Review: A new board takes on ‘awesome responsibility’ as Detroit school lawsuits advance
It's been a busy week for local education news with a settlement in one Detroit schools lawsuit, a combative new filing in another, a push by a lawmaker to overhaul school closings, a new ranking of state high schools, and the swearing in of the first empowered school board in Detroit has 2009.
Right to read
January 12, 2017
Detroit children blast governor over ‘blaming students’ for failing schools
Lawyers for the children responded Thursday that Snyder and other state officials named in the suit were seeking to “evade responsibility by any means possible.”
Week In Review
January 6, 2017
Week in review: A new year, a new Detroit school board — and maybe soon a new lawsuit
After spending the last two months in intensive orientation workshops, the seven members of the new board will be sworn in during a ceremony at Cass Tech on Wednesday. Then it’s time to get to work.
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