This is foyer of an 11,000 sq. foot house built by a man in Michigan in 2002. Pretty nice digs. Makes you wonder what he did for the kind of money that builds a place like this, doesn't it?
He sold school supplies to the Detroit public school system. Well, he sold some school supplies. Then he conspired with a dozen school principals and pretended to sell a whole lot more school supplies that never got delivered.
So Norman Shy is not a very trustworthy man. The school principals are worse, however. They took a million dollars in kickbacks to help Mr. Shy complete his theft. For over a decade, the principals of schools in the absolutely worst performing school system in the United States allowed the schools to go without paper, pens, new furniture, and so on. Mr. Shy got rich. The principals got a little payola.
Just so it all makes sense, Detroit has the lowest test ranking of any major metropolitan school system in the country.
"They are barely above what one would expect simply by chance, as if the kids simply guessed at the answers,” he said. Detroit Public School fourth-graders scored in the 9th percentile and eight-graders were in the 12th percentile when compared with students in 17 other large, central U.S. cities."The other major cities are not preforming at some high standard, either. Both nationwide and major city statistics are alarming if you think that basic proficiency in reading and math are somehow important to future success.
Taxpayers have every right to be outraged at Detroit government, their school system, and the individuals involved in this crime. Their tax money was stolen. But the people that really have a grievance are the students of the Detroit public school system. They have been robbed of their future.