The suit claims Michigan is denying Detroit students their fundamental right to literacy.
Rodents in the classrooms, temperatures so cold students frequently have to wear winter coats all day: these are some of the conditions described by a group of Detroit students who are so fed up with the state of their schools that they're suing the state of Michigan.
In September, the Detroit students filed a lawsuit claiming that conditions are so bad they are unable to learn, and are therefore being denied a fundamental right to literacy. But is literacy a right? Advocates say yes. The state of Michigan disagrees.
This week on the podcast we'll learn more about this lawsuit. Annie Hudson-Price is an attorney with Public Counsel, a pro bono law firm in California that is filing the complaint on behalf of the Detroit students.