Is Literacy A Constitutional Right?
Students in Detroit are arguing they've got a constitutional right to literacy, but the state says they don't.By Ethan Weston | November 26, 2016
Back in September, a group of Detroit schoolchildren sued Michigan education officials and Gov. Rick Snyder, claiming they were being denied their right to literacy.
Now attorneys for the state are asking the court to drop the lawsuit, claiming the students have no such fundamental right.
A California public counsel law firm is representing the kids. The full complaint accuses the state of Michigan of "systemic, persistent and deliberate failure to deliver instruction and tools essential for access to literacy in Plaintiffs’ schools." It says the state is depriving students — the majority of which are low-income students of color — of "a fighting chance."