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What the Resolution of Detroit’s Literacy Case Could Mean For America

The decision was groundbreaking: students have a right to literacy, a federal appeals court ruled last month, prompted by the dire performance and the sometimes horrific conditions of Detroit’s public schools.

But it wasn’t clear then whether that decision would be quickly appealed and overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. On Thursday, there was an answer: Michigan officials settled the case.

The ruling directly applies to four states, and it could prompt litigation and policy change there and elsewhere. Other education court rulings — for instance, those involving school funding and desegregation — have resulted in real changes that, research later found, meant better results for students.

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