When they were picking the superintendent I admittedly had reservations about Vitti. I wasn’t so much concerned with his youth and experience. I thought the right move was to hire an eager up and comer. No what made me wary was his close ties to Gary Chartrand and the privatization movement. Where the super had done some nice things, most suggested over and over by Education Matters, my fears remain.
He has doubled down on Teach for America. He attended a conference where the theme was how do we attract more charter schools. He has stood on several stages with Gary Chartrand and Jeb Bush who have never met a public school they liked and in this last Sunday's Times Union he praised education commissioner Tony Bennett.
Vitti said he’s comfortable with Florida implementing Common Core, in part because he believes the state has the right state education leaders like Commissioner Tony Bennett to usher the move.