Kids have a right to a basic education, according to a new legal milestone
April 29, 2020
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Kristine Bowman, Michigan State University
(THE CONVERSATION) A federal appeals court has found that children have a constitutional right to an opportunity to learn how to read.
The decision on April 23 in a case involving the Detroit public school system finally answers a question the Supreme Court has avoided for nearly four decades: Is there a federal right to a basic education in the United States?
Although state constitutions each contain a right to education, state court...