Metro Detroit schools torn on Whitmer’s goal to return to in-person learning March 1
DETROIT – School districts across Michigan are struggling to meet Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s target to return to in-person learning by March 1. Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said 10-20% of students have been absent since the COVID pandemic started. The Southfield Public School District, has been 100% since March and while recognizing the importance of bringing students back to their teachers, Dr. Jennifer Martin Green said the science dictates the district remain remote. Both districts believe vaccinations are a key part in getting students and teachers back in the classroom safely.
Its going to spread, -- Teachers protest return-to-school plans in Lansing
LANSING A group of Michigan educators took to the lawn of the Capitol Building in Lansing on Thursday to protest the states return-to-school plan amid the coronavirus pandemic. Thursdays protest was about the online learning teachers want instead of in-person learning, and so they have been very serious about their social distancing. Knowing that Detroits superintendent, Dr. Nikolai Vitti, is pushing hard for in-person learning, she sees more practical problems. RELATED: What will it take for Michigan schools to go back to in-person learning? Gretchen Whitmer reveals plan for schools to return to in-person learning this fall
Detroit public schools try to lure top talent with $51,700 starting salary for new teachers
DETROIT Detroit public schools are trying to lure some of the top teaching talent in the country, offering a salary of more than $50,000 for starting instructors. Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said the Detroit Public Schools Community District is trying to make sure students have the best teachers and learning environments when they return to the classroom. New teachers who choose DPSCD will start at the top of the class, with the district offering salary incentives that put a starting instructor at $51,700. Of the 3,000 existing teachers, with retirements and attrition, 200 or more incoming teachers are eligible, school officials said. As the district faces budget cuts, Vitti said the district has been moving our budget to make this plan work.