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After months spent talking about expensive new programs he’d like to see, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says he’s found money in the Detroit district’s budget to hire a slew of educators who’ve been missing for years from city schools.
The budget framework he presented to a school board committee Friday calls for every city school to have a guidance counselor, an arts or music teacher, a gym teacher, and a “dean of school culture” who would be in charge of student discipline, and creating in-school suspension programs.
Vitti’s proposals didn’t have specific dollar amounts attached but provided a vision for how he wants to allocate the district’s money for next school year.
High schools would each have a graduation coach to make sure students are earning the credits they need to graduate in four years, are taking college entrance exams, or preparing for post-high school careers.
And every student in grades K-5 will get three field trips a year through a new “cultural passport program” as well as expanded sports programs in elementary and middle schools.
“Going to the Detroit Institute of Arts or to the Music Hall or to the zoo…all these activities will be part of the standard DPSCD experience that will be used to market our schools going forward,” Vitti said.
Read the full article on Detroit schools finding funding for additional personnel by Amanda Rahn and Erin Einhorn at Chalkbeat