Nearly half the citizens of Detroit are functionally illiterate. See here. The City itself had a population of over 700,000 in 2010, with over 4 million people in the metropolitan area. The metropolitan areas are slightly less-worse: 34 percent in Pontiac and 24 percent in Southfield reported as functionally illiterate. Note from the linked article, Detroit’s functional illiteracy rate is only slightly higher than Washington DC and Cleveland. In 2008, DC was spending over $25,000 per child for education. These cities have been hardcore Democrat party controlled areas for over a century. The teacher unions run the school systems unchecked. More proof that the public school system as designed, run, and funded by the left does not work.
The government does a few things well but not, however, running schools or businesses (or planning economies). Education is best done by families and/or private enterprise with close parental involvement. The best thing most parents can do for their children’s primary education is to get the government out of their school room, get themselves involved, and put God back in the curriculum.