I want to congratulate Dr. Vitti on being selected tonight by the Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education. In him, they have found a leader who is deeply committed to students, especially those who need the most. This is demonstrated in the significant advances that Duval County Public Schools made under his watch, ensuring that thousands more students graduated from high school and narrowing the achievement gap.
Should Dr. Vitti choose to take this role, I hope that he and the school board will work together to finish the school year strong and look forward to the school board taking the next steps to conduct a high-quality search for someone who can succeed Dr. Vitti and build on the strong foundation that has been laid. The board and staff of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund will join the many who will be sad to see Dr. Vitti leave. But I am optimistic, because our city's public schools have a strong community of parents, school staff and public education advocates that will never stop working to make sure every child graduates ready for success in the future.