Some 47 percent of Detroit’s adults are “functionally illiterate,” according to the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund, a job training nonprofit.
That means they can’t fill out a form or a job application, said Karen Tyler-Ruiz, the group’s director. “Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should take… just your basic everyday tasks,” she said. “I don’t really know how they get by, but they do. Are they getting by well? Well, that’s another question.”
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Roy Roberts, a retired General Motors executive, as emergency financial manager — effectively, superintendent — of Detroit Public Schools. The state took over the school district in 2009.