I knew things were bad there, but this is shocking (worth clicking through for the photos):
Nearly half the population of Detroit are unable to read, research has revealed.
The study, released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund, found that 47 per cent of adults in the Motor City are ‘functionally illiterate’.
That means they struggle to complete daily tasks such as reading a bus timetable, filling out a job application form or reading a label on a medicine bottle.
So, naturally, the solution:
Half of Detroit’s schools are set to close in order to wipe out the district’s $327million deficit by 2014.
The four-year plan was submitted last month by Robert Bobb, the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools (DPS).
It was seen as the final resolution if the district failed to find new revenue sources and so far it hasn’t.
Mr Bobb is now looking to downsize the number of schools to 72 schools from 142 and the financial restructuring will likely increase the average high school class to 60 students.
He said the strategy was ill-advised because it was likely to drive students away, depriving the district of much-needed state funds – a veritable catch-22 situation.