New Detroit schools chief sees renaissance for district

May 14, 2017 by

Detroit schools’ incoming superintendent Nikolai Vitti wants to turn the city into a “mecca of traditional public school transformation” by boosting enrollment, attracting talented educators and competing academically with charter schools.

“I think when public schools get it right, they get it right better than charter schools,” Vitti said on Saturday, one day after the Detroit Public Schools Community District board unanimously approved his five-year contract. “It is offering an educational experience that is pure in its delivery, directly tied to the community through taxes.

“It’s just more organic and I think it resonates,” he said. “I think there’s a great appetite for a pure, traditional public education, nationally and locally, which can inspire educators to come to Detroit.”

Vitti, 40, and currently the superintendent of Duval County Public Schools in Flordia, pointed to New Orleans, where the education system was reinvented around a charter school model.

New Orleans chartered the majority of its public school system after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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