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Detroit — A teachers union is calling on the Detroit Board of Education to allow interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather to interview as a finalist for the school district’s top job.

Meriweather was not among the three superintendent finalists selected by the Detroit Public Schools Community District’s school board last week. On Wednesday, the American Federation of Teachers Detroit said she should still be given an opportunity to interview.

“During her tenure, Interim Superintendent Meriweather has led the way in restoring trust, confidence and hope in our school district. She has earned an opportunity for further consideration,” read a statement. “While we respect the board's process, we hope that it will give our request ample consideration.”

AFT Detroit is comprised of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, the Detroit Federation of Paraprofessionals and the Detroit Association of Educational Office Employees.

The school district did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, the district is focused on the three finalists and announced the interview schedules for Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida; Derrick R. Coleman, superintendent of the River Rouge district; and Orlando Ramos, regional superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

The three will have 12-hour interview schedules beginning with Ramos on March 29, Vitti on April 3 and Coleman on April 5. They will start their days with an overview of the district’s finance and academic departments, ending with an open session interview conducted by the school board at 6 p.m. on each of their designated interview dates.

In addition to the open interview session, the three candidates will visit schools, meet staff, educators, parents and students. Public meetings also are scheduled with members of the community including faith-based, labor and business stakeholders.

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