Saturday, July 14th, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed suit against the state on Thursday on behalf of about 1,000 grade-school kids from Highland Park, Mich. who are not reading at grade level.
The ACLU says this is a “ground breaking” lawsuit with potentially national implications that asserts “a child’s fundamental right to read.” The lawsuit, according to The Detroit Free Press, is grounded in guarantees by state law and the Michigan state constitution that children will either be reading at grade level or will be provided special assistance to get there.
This is an amazing situation. Say what you will about the various circumstances and reasons behind students not reading near grade level, this is the first lawsuit that is attempting to hold a state and a district to a fundamental level and on behalf of 1,000 students.
In the words of one young (14 year old) man, in his letter to the Governor:
“My name is Quemtin . . . and you can make the school gooder by geting people that will do the jod that is pay for get a football tame for the kinds mybe a baksball tamoe get a other jamtacher for the school get a lot of tacher.”