Students in Detroit are suing the state for violating their constitutional right to literacy
Imagine being a high school student who is regularly sent to the gym to play basketball because there is no one available to teach class. Imagine trying to get an education in an environment where there aren't enough books to go around? According to a class action federal lawsuit filed by five students, this is exactly what is happening at the lowest performing public and charter schools within the Detroit Public School (DPS) system. “I feel like I am getting cheated,” says student Jamarria Hall, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. "I just hope it leads to change."
In an interview with WXYZ Detroit, Detroit Federation of Teachers Interim President Ivy Bailey said, “For more than a decade, the educators of this city have been raising the red flag about Detroit Public Schools: Our schools are falling apart, our classrooms lack the basic resources needed to educate children, and we have been forced to do more with less to give our students a shot at the American dream.” Governor Snyder's office said that there would be no comment provided on pending litigation