Detroit school president can't write

Posted Mar 6, 2010 by Michael Bearak
While Detroit faces rising unemployment rates, crime, violence and awful football, it has now come to light that the man who leads their school system can't write a functional sentence.
A closed Detroit school on the city s west side.
A closed Detroit school on the city's west side.
Concern over the head of the Detroit school system has been raised after an e-mail was released to the public that raised questions as to whether or not the head of the Detroit school system could appropriately put a communication together.
Otis Mathis, the president of the Detroit city school board, sent an e-mail to the financial manager back in February that was full of spelling errors, punctuation errors, and usage problems.
Below is the e-mail from Fox News:
"If you saw Sunday's Free Press that shown Robert Bobb the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, move Mark Twain to Boynton which have three times the number seats then students and was one of the reason's he gave for closing school to many empty seats," the e-mail read, according to the paper."
In fourth grade Mathis was placed in special education because of his struggles with English. Later in life his degree from Wayne State University was held up because of his inability to pass the English proficiency exam required for graduate.
Now Mathis has admitted to the Detroit News that he is a "horrible writer." In the interview with the Detroit Free Press Mathis said, "Instead of telling them that they can't write and won't be anything, I show that cannot stop you. If Detroit Public Schools can allow kids to dream, with whatever weakness they have, that's something. ... It's not about what you don't have. It's what you can do."
These revelations have lead to concern from parents with children in the school system, Patrick Martin, 49, has a 12-year-old son is a student at Noble Middle School, told the paper. "It's kind of scary to even talk about."
Mathis feels that it is a success story. He understands his limitations, but he also feels that it shouldn't hold him back either. He started as a substitute teacher in the Detroit school system and has been able, through hard work, to move on and have a successful career.
Additional information including other e-mails can be found at the Detroit News website.