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AG Nessel Asks To Join “Right-To-Read” Lawsuit

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has asked a federal court to accept her arguments supporting a group of Detroit parents who have sued the state. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the families want the court to rule their children have the right to good schools and an adequate education.

The families lost their challenge in the lower court and the case is now before the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nessel says the right to read is the most fundamental skill taught to students – and it is critical to success in school, employment, and relationships.

Kelly Rossman-McKinney is the attorney general’s communications director.

“If you can’t read, you’re lost for life.”

Governor Whitmer’s administration says the case should be dismissed because she was not in office when the lawsuit was originally filed.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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