Michigan sued over poor reading skills of Detroit students

Courtesy: MGN Online
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Published: Sep. 13, 2016 at 1:25 PM EDT
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The state of Michigan is being sued over the poor reading skills of Detroit students at five schools, including two charter schools.

The lawsuit says the schools are in "slum-like conditions" and "functionally incapable of delivering access to literacy." The case, filed Tuesday in federal court, accuses Gov. Rick Snyder, the state school board and others of violating the civil rights of low-income students.

The governor's office declined to comment.

The lawsuit says the state of Michigan is responsible for complying with constitutional mandates in education. The lawsuit seeks literacy instruction at all grades, screening for literacy problems and regular oversight.

In 2012, a similar lawsuit was filed in Wayne County court on behalf of Highland Park students. It was ultimately dismissed in favor of the state.