This study "shows the staggering degree to which public education has failed in one of the most economically depressed cities in the United States," says Doug Mataconis of Outside the Beltway. And it's "even more shocking" that half of the illiterate population "somehow made it through public school."
How bad is illiteracy? Whites 7%, Blacks 24%, Hispanics 44%, and 14% of Asian are in that boat.
Who is jobless? Whites 8.2%, Blacks 17.1%, Hispanics 12.2%, Asians 6.4%. See a correlation?
Looking a bit deeper, whites and blacks should not be illiterate, they are native born. Hispanics and Asian have the obvious disadvantage having to learn English from scratch.
The ultimate disgrace in dysfunctional union dominated public schools unable to convey the basics is beyond comprehension.