Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti Blasts GOP Lawmakers for Holding Back Funding

Next week, Michigan’s largest school district will have face-to-face teaching for the first time since November. Detroit Public Schools Parish (DPSCD) Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has been one of the staunch advocates of providing personal options for students and families during this pandemic.

It is extremely frustrating for me to see policies that would never come into effect in the communities represented by these representatives. “- Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Ward

But if the rate is positive COVID-19 tests last fall over 5%, the district became purely virtual. Now, infection rates in Detroit have dropped significantly, and administrators say the health risks are low enough to keep school buildings open again.

Meanwhile, Vitti criticizes the Republicans at the State Capitol for stopping millions of federal agencies COVID-19 aid funds to help schools reopen safely.

Listen: Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti joins in on the return to personal learning and its frustrations GOP Legislators in Lansing.

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Dr. Nikolai Vitti is the Superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. He says this is the latest example of Republican lawmakers making decisions that are unduly negative in places like Detroit.

It is extremely frustrating for me to see guidelines that would never come into effect in the communities represented by these representatives, ”says Vitti.

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He also draws attention to Detroit families struggling with online learning and their fears of contracting the virus. “What families are saying right now is that online learning doesn’t work for most of them. But they are still afraid of it COVID,” he says.

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