Press Release - Detroit Public Schools Community District
Today, the Financial Review Commission approved a five-year contract with Dr. Nikolai Vitti as Detroit Public Schools Community District’s new superintendent. Dr. Vitti will take the helm of Michigan’s largest school district on Tuesday, May 23, assuming responsibility for more than 6,000 employees, 48,000 students and an annual fiscal budget of $660 million.
“We are thrilled to work with Dr.
Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, May 19, 2017
As of April 27, the district had 263 teacher vacancies.
by Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, April 22, 2017
In its first major decision, the Detroit Public Schools Community District school board voted tonight to enter into contract negotiations with Nikolai Vitti as the district's first permanent superintendent.
Vitti, 40, is superintendent of the Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Fla. He is a native of Dearborn Heights and a graduate of Divine Child High School.
The 450-and-counting Detroit parents who've opted out of this year's state standardized tests are asking a simple question: Why?
City schools test low — predictably, because poverty is strongly correlated to poor academic performance, and the number of Detroit kids who live in poverty is unacceptably high — results the state uses to justify any number of punitive measures,
Teacher prep programs have mixed results but experts question President Donald Trump's decision to cut them.
By Lauren Camera | Education Reporter, April 21, 2017
The most important factor in a student's academic success is an effective teacher, most education policy experts agree. In fact, high quality instruction can counter crippling disadvantages, like those associated with low socioeconomic background.
By Lauren Camera, Education Reporter, April 14, 2017
By Lauren Camera, Education Reporter, April 13, 2017
JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press, April 2, 2017
Hundreds of parents and their school-age children spent Sunday afternoon seeing and hearing reasons for attending Detroit Public Schools Community District, which is poised this summer to regain some of its previous size when a so-called state reform district disbands.
Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, March 20, 2017
"Papers will be served today," Alycia Meriweather, the interim superintendent for the district, said during a meeting Monday morning with parents and community members at Central Collegiate Academy.
"Just know, we're standing with you against closure by the" School Reform Office, Meriweather said. "If any school closures are to happen, it should be at the behest of the elected school board.
Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, March 14, 2017
The Detroit Public Schools Community District board of education approved a resolution tonight designed to ensure that immigrant students are safe within the district's schools.
The SafeZone resolution, as it was called, is designed to ensure that the district provides protection, support and assistance to "people of different citizenship statuses," said Misha Stallworth, a board member who offered the resolution.
Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, March 7, 2017Michigan Superintendent Brian Whiston said today that the state this school year won't force the closure of any of the chronically failing schools that have been identified for being shut down if their districts enter into agreements with the state.
But that doesn't mean all of the schools will remain open.
Lori Higgins , Detroit Free Press
The State of Michigan is putting off making a decision on whether to close as many as 38 chronically failing schools, according to a news release from Gov. Rick Snyder's office this afternoon.
Snyder has asked that all decisions be ready by May, though some could be announced sooner.
Members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers joined students, parents and teachers of Detroit Public Schools Community District Friday to protest the potential closure of 24 schools.
By Guest Blogger at The HUB Detroit
COMMENTARY by Sharlonda Buckman
More than 2,000 years ago the Greek physician Hippocrates told his medical students, “Listen to the patient – he’s trying to tell you what’s wrong with him!”
The Detroit Parent Network embraces that same philosophy as we fight to obtain the best education possible for our city’s children. We want state officials to “Listen to the parents.
The Detroit school board with the power to direct Michigan's largest school system has been seated for the first time in seven years.
The seven Detroit Public Schools Community board members were collectively sworn in by Michigan Court of Appeals and Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens before about 300 people who erupted in applause.
The state School Reform Office today released a highly anticipated list of 38 schools targeted for potential closure.
The list — which includes 16 schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District — was released months after the office warned that schools showing no academic improvement and persistent poor performance from 2014 to 2016 could be shut down by the state.
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