Reading your right

The first federal civil-rights lawsuit in U.S. history to secure the right of access to literacy is currently being argued in Michigan.

The district judge has ruled that, despite its importance, children have no constitutional right to learn to read and write, but the plaintiffs see otherwise and are preparing their appeal to a circuit judge.

The basis of their case—that minorities and other less privileged factions of society do not receive adequate attention or resources—is a familiar one.

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