Is there a constitutional right to literacy?

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Students in some Detroit schools say they’re being cheated out of an education. Are they being deprived of a right guaranteed by the Constitution?

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Some Detroit schools lack desks, teachers or books and their students have a literacy rate that’s under 10 percent. Now a pro-bono law firm in Southern California wants the courts to extend Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark US Supreme Court Case of 1954. Mark Rosenbaum was formerly with the ACLU of Southern California. Now with the pro-bono law firm Public Counsel, he says the Michigan lawsuit is the first of its kind in the US.

Credits

Guest:
Mark Rosenbaum - director of Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law - @publiccounsel

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Jenny Hamel, Evan George, Katie Cooper