Bloomberg Law
April 23, 2020, 5:54 PMUpdated: April 23, 2020, 10:35 PM

Basic Education a Fundamental Right, Sixth Circuit Says (2)

Maeve Allsup
Maeve Allsup
Legal Reporter

Students at Detroit’s public schools can move forward with a claim that they have been denied a minimum basic education, and therefore denied access to literacy, the Sixth Circuit ruled Thursday.

Students asked the court to recognize a fundamental right to a basic minimum education, protected by the U.S. Constitution’s due process clause, a question the Supreme Court has discussed but not decided.

Access to literacy is a right, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Court said. “Where, as Plaintiffs allege here, a group of children is relegated to a school system that does not provide even a ...