Highland Park student plaintiffs return to school

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. – Eight students who are suing the Highland Park School District for failing to teach them to read at an appropriate level are returning to school, Michigan Radio reports.

The case, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, points to state data showing that just 25 percent of sixth- and seventh-grade Highland Park students passed the state reading exam, according to Michigan Radio.
“The fact is that this is the first ‘right to read’ case, but it won’t be the last,” ACLU attorney Mark Rosenbaum told Michigan Radio. “The reality is that there are children throughout Michigan and throughout the country whose ZIP code is determining their education opportunities.”
SOURCE: Michigan Radio, "Students Say They’ve Been Denied the Right to Read," Sept. 6, 2012
FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Highland Park Reform May Have to Begin With Finances," July 13, 2012