Detroit Superintendent Vitti: Schools Will Be Stable in Five Years

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DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti

It’s been a little over a year since Nikolai Vitti took the job as the first superintendent of a new school district in Detroit. The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is the result of a reorganization of the Detroit Public Schools system.

How has the first year gone for Vitti and the kids of Detroit’s public schools?

Vitti joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island during the Detroit Regional Chamber‘s 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference

I think this year we accomplished what we wanted to with analyzing the school district and identifying the broken systems and processes,” he tells Henderson. ”I’m actually more excited about year two as superintendent.”

Vitti says the district will begin to roll out big initiatives and changes next year, but says he doesn’t expect “to wave a magic wand” to solve all problems. He says progress will have to be incremental.

I think in about five years, we’re going to talk about a stable system, a normal system,” says Vitti. ”Five years after that, a large urban school district that’s competitive with other large urban school districts around the country.”

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

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Nikolai Vitti (right) with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
















WDET’s Mackinac Policy Conference coverage is sponsored by The Henry Ford.

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