Is It True? Half of Detroit’s Adults Functionally Illiterate

May 5, 2011  |  

by R. Asmerom

A new study by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund shows that close to 200,000 adult residents of Detroit are functionally illiterate, which means that 47 percent of adults have difficulty completing basic tasks like filling out a job application and reading a prescription. It seems like Motor City can’t catch a break with all its local news illuminating its social, economic and political deterioration. This recent statistic not only demonstrates the ineffectiveness of Detroit’s public schools but also how long these schools have been underperforming.

Just recently, it was announced that Detroit is auctioning off its schools due to poor performance and an enormous $327 million budget deficit. ColorLines reported that  “the attempt to deal with the massive deficit called for 45 schools to eventually be shut down if they weren’t converted to charter school control. Of those, 18 would be shuttered in June if no new outside charter school operator is identified. The rest are slated for outside takeover by 2012.”

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