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Appeals court finds constitutional right to literacy for schoolchildren in Detroit case Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Detroit Free Press

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the U.S. Constitution includes a right to "a basic minimum education," which lawyers claim the state of Michigan denied to a group of Detroit Public School students.

In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged that it was breaking new legal ground.

"While the Supreme Court has repeatedly discussed this issue, it has never decided it, and the question of whether such a right exists remains open today," the court ruled, adding that after applying the Supreme Court's rulings from other cases, "we recognize that the Constitution provides a fundamental right to a basic minimum education."

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