Four inner-city Detroit schools have teamed up with area Walmarts to offer students a for-credit after-school class that teaches job-readiness and shows students how to apply for entry-level positions. The program has raised both eyebrows and controversy. Like a lot of things Walmart does, it's made people ask, is the store helping or hurting the community in which it does business?
It's no secret that Detroit has been hit harder by the recession than many other places. A city that was already down has lately been plagued with a 50 percent unemployment rate. With a shrinking tax base, the public school system, which has been in the red since the early 1990s, is really struggling. The city routinely closes public schools and opens charter schools in their place. More and more teachers are laid off each year.