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Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is now one of two finalists for Detroit Public Schools Community District superintendent after the third candidate, Orlando Ramos of Milwaukee Public Schools, dropped out Thursday night, according to Detroit NPR member station WDET.

  Friday on “First Coast Connect” was are weekly Media Roundtable with Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, blogger Fred Matthews and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We also spoke with Generation W founder Donna Orender and U.S. Naval War College professor of strategic leadership and leader development Olenda Johnson about next week’s conference. We spoke with Washington correspondent for The Economist James Astill about the rise of modern India, and we spoke with the star of the play “Fences” Shauntel Robinson and director Jereme Raickett. 

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Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is a finalist for Detroit Public Schools Community District's superintendent position.

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Duval County School teachers reported improved school culture in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the 2016 Instructional Culture Index survey.

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A federal lawsuit filed in Duval County to challenge transgender students’ use of their preferred bathrooms has been dropped, court documents show. 

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A Duval County School Board workshop focusing on student achievement turned into a heated personal tiff among a few school board members Tuesday.

Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti joined the show Monday with an update on schools being closed due to Hurricane Matthew and how the district handled the cleanup effort. We also spoke with Girls Inc. executive director Robin Rose about Tuesday’s International Day of the Girl. Jax Community of Entrepreneurs Executive Director Kate Stewart; Jennifer Giltrop with the Jacksonville Public Library; and Coretta Hill with United Way of Northeast Florida joined host Melissa Ross to speak about Jax Innovation Week.   

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The Duval County School Board and Superintendent Nikolai Vitti met to work through some of their differences Monday morning.

They haven’t been able to agree on academic-achievement targets for students in areas like reading and math, but they did agree on hiring an outside mediator to help work on communication and trust.

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Duval County School Board members met face to face with Superintendent Nikolai Vitti Friday after a week of accusations that Board Chair Ashley Smith Juarez wanted Vitti gone.

Smith Juarez denied that was her intent this week and reiterated that at the meeting. She did not call for his firing.

WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride; Tessa Duval from the Florida Times-Union; Claire Goforth of Folio Weekly; and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski joined Melissa Ross on our Friday Media Roundtable to discuss the news of the week. Museum of Contemporary Art spokesperson Denise Reagan discussed its latest art exhibit “Retro-spective.” We heard from Olympic skating legend Michelle Kwan regarding her work for the Hillary Clinton campaign and Palestinian musicians the Dal’Ouna Ensemble joined the show ahead of its performance Friday evening at the Ramallah Club of Jacksonville.     

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Duval County School Board Chair Ashley Smith Juarez said she does not intend to ask fellow board members to vote on terminating  Superintendent Nikolai Vitti's contract this Friday.

Another board member told Vitti and reporters earlier this week that was what Smith Juarez planned to do.

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Updated at 7 p.m.

 Duval County School Board Chair Ashley Smith Juarez sent an open letter to Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Tuesday.

Board member Scott Shine sent a letter to media Sunday alleging Smith Juarez would call for Vitti’s firing at a special meeting she scheduled for Friday.

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Updated at 6 p.m.

Duval County School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti could lose his job this week — that’s according to School Board member Scott Shine, who said Board Chair Ashley Smith Juarez wants Vitti gone.

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“Business As Usual Cannot Continue” is what Duval County School Board member Becki Couch said with regards to setting student achievement goals Tuesday.

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Duval County School Board members gave Superintendent Nikolai Vitti an evaluation score Thursday for the 2015-16 school year.