A game changer for Detroit schools?
The Detroit school board made a good choice in Nikolai Vitti for school superintendent
Kudos to the Detroit school board.
The newly elected board surprised a lot of people Tuesday in choosing Nikolai Vitti to be the next superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. He still has to accept the offer. Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather’s contract ends in June.
Those who know Vitti and are familiar with his work in Duval County, Florida, are hopeful that he can be the guy to turn things around for Detroit schools.
He needs to be. Because it’s now or never.
Vitti seems very aware of the challenges facing him in this new job. And if he can prove a game changer in Detroit — the lowest-performing large urban district in the country — it would also be a serious boost to his career.
The eyes of the nation are on Detroit schools, and many education experts are keenly interested in what progress the schools will make (if any), now that the district is back under an elected board.
Detroit parents, teachers and business leaders are watching, too.
The school board had narrowed its choices between two candidates: Vitti and River Rouge Superintendent Derrick Coleman.