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Children Have "No Right to Literacy"


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#1 LFC

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 11:48 AM

Here's an interesting take on public education. Perhaps this is actually correct on the law. It's simply awful for our nation.

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit focused on the poor reading skills of students at several Detroit schools, including because he concluded there is no right to literacy.

Judge Stephen Murphy III agreed in his 40-page ruling that "when a child who could be taught to read goes untaught, the child suffers a lasting injury - and so does society." But he added it still doesn't follow that literacy is a right.

Murphy's written ruling was posted late Friday in U.S. District Court for eastern Michigan.

The lawsuit filed in 2016 argued the schools are in "slum-like conditions" and "functionally incapable of delivering access to literacy."

It accused Gov. Rick Snyder, the state school board and others of violating the civil rights of low-income students.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 12:32 PM

It's probably true in the sense that there is nothing in the Constitution specifying a right to literacy.
I'm not nearly so sure that the 14th wouldn't mandate that poor children have as much right to a State-sponsored education as wealthy ones, though.
And in most States that I know of [1], the State constitution is pretty emphatic about equal systems of education.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 02:54 PM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 02 July 2018 - 12:32 PM, said:

It's probably true in the sense that there is nothing in the Constitution specifying a right to literacy.
By the same token, there is nothing in the Constitution specifying a right to food or breathable air either. Somehow the Constitutional delegates didn't think they needed to make EVERY possible aspect of human life spelled out in parchment. "The right of the People to defecate in their homes shall not be abridged"
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