Nikolai Vitti

DPSCD reaches deal with union on school reopening plan, includes hazard pay, paid sick leave

BY: - July 26, 2021

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) announced Monday that a deal has been struck with the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) for the schools’ reopening plan with updates for COVID-19 safety standards.  “We are all excited to have our students back in schools and classrooms in the fall. As a district, I am proud that […]

Detroit Schools move online for remainder of year

BY: - November 12, 2020

Detroit Public Schools Community District will be entirely online beginning Friday due to COVID-19 cases surging within Detroit.  The state’s largest school district is planning to reopen the schools for in-person learning Jan. 11.  “Based on this week’s reporting, the infection rate will reach 6% or higher by Friday. There are no signs that these […]

State ends direct control of Detroit schools

BY: - October 26, 2020

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) announced on Monday its exit from the state of Michigan Financial Review Commission (FRC). The news came immediately after the FRC unanimously to adopt a resolution approving the measure.  “Detroiters for a long time have deserved local control, deserved a regular, normal school district,” said Nikolai Vitti, Detroit Public […]

DPSCD, teachers union OK deal to avoid a strike, includes hazard pay

BY: - August 28, 2020

Detroit teachers reached a deal with Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) administrators Thursday that will put teachers in the classroom and puts an end to all talks of a strike.  On Aug. 20, the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) held an emergency meeting to vote on a potential “safety strike” if the state’s largest […]

Detroit teachers OK ‘safety strike’ 

BY: - August 20, 2020

During an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) voted to authorize a potential “safety strike.” The aim is to press the state’s largest school district, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), to implement additional safety protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic before schools reopen Sept. 8. “Over the past few months, our […]

Judge: Students must be tested for COVID-19 if Detroit summer school is to continue

BY: - July 21, 2020

Updated, 6:58 a.m., 7/22/20 with Dr. Vitti’s comments A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that in-person summer school classes can continue in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) — if all 630 students are tested for COVID-19 within two days.   U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow’s order comes more than one week after summer school […]

Police in schools ‘prepare students for prison life,’ advocates want change

BY: - June 18, 2020

As protests against police brutality continue in their third week, school districts across the country are making the decision to cut ties with local police.  School police, commonly referred to as school resource officers, have been patrolling school hallways since the 1950s when the first officer was assigned to a Flint middle school. But following […]

Don’t count on a name change for Cass Tech High School

BY: - June 17, 2020

As Americans weigh the future of statues and public institutions that carry names of racists, segregationists and slave owners, there’s renewed interest in one of America’s most noted high schools in Detroit. Cass Technical High School was named after Lewis Cass, the former Michigan territorial governor, U.S. senator, and U.S. secretary of state. Cass died […]

Detroit school district marches against racism, for equity in education

BY: - June 12, 2020

Hundreds attended Thursday’s Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) peace protest that marched for slightly more than one mile along Larned Street from Martin Luther King Jr. High School to downtown Detroit. During the 90-minute demonstration, marchers chanted “Black lives matter,” “We all rise,” and “D-P-S-C-D.” Nikolai Vitti, DPSCD general superintendent, talked exclusively with the […]

In ‘historic legal decision,’ court rules education is a fundamental right

BY: - April 23, 2020

In 2016, a group of Detroit students filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan claiming their right to a “basic minimum education” was being infringed upon when the district was under state emergency management. And on Thursday, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in their favor. In a 2-1 ruling, a federal […]

$23M partnership gives 51K Detroit students laptops

BY: - April 23, 2020

What started as a proposal drafted by the Rev. Wendell Anthony about 30 days ago, has resulted in a major announcement on Thursday to provide 51,000 Detroit students with a tablet-style laptop computer to assist with online learning amid the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. “The disease may have taken our bodies, but it can never […]

How will rural, low-income Michigan students learn during a pandemic?

BY: - April 20, 2020

Millions of kids across the country are at home, academic years interrupted, due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered K-12 schools closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Under the governor’s order, issued April 2, school districts are required to provide further educational opportunities through remote or […]