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Federal judge rules Detroit children have no ‘fundamental right’ to literacy

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A federal judge said last week that children have no fundamental right to learn to read and write in the United States.

In a 40-page opinion on Friday, U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III ruled against Detroit students who wanted to hold state officials accountable for what their attorneys said were systemic failures in teaching literacy.

The judge acknowledged in his opinion that illiteracy is damaging to people and society.

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“Plainly, literacy — and the opportunity to obtain it — is of incalculable importance,” Murphy wrote. “As plaintiffs point out, voting, participating meaningfully in civic life, and accessing justice require some measure of literacy.”

However, Murphy argued that impact of illiteracy does “not necessarily make access to literacy a fundamental right.”

“I’m shocked,” Detroit Federation of Teachers President Ivy Bailey told The Detroit Free Press. “The message that it sends is that education is not important. And it sends the message that we don’t care if you’re literate or not.”


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Wisconsin GOP sues to reopen polls after governor moves to protect voters from COVID-19

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On Monday, barely an hour after Gov. Tony Evers (D-WI) issued an order delaying the Democratic primary until June, the Republican-controlled state legislature filed a motion with the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn the order and hold the election this Tuesday as scheduled:

Wisconsin Republicans officially file motion in state Supreme Court over Gov. Tony Evers executive order calling off in person voting tomorrow pic.twitter.com/azDDOKWVuy

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VIDEO: Wild scene unfolds as shoppers tackle and restrain man who coughed on supermarket produce

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A man was tackled and held down by shoppers after he allegedly coughed and spit on produce at a Stop and Shop in Kingston, Massachusetts, CBS21 reports.

Cellphone video shows around two or three shoppers holding the man down after a scuffle. Witness told Kingston Police that the 65-year-old man from Duxbury was coughing and spitting while being confrontational.

Stop and Shop released a statement saying that any potentially affected product has been discarded and the store is conducting a deep cleaning and sanitizing of all impacted areas.

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Kentucky governor: ‘Our biggest problem’ is competing with the federal government to purchase life-saving medical equipment

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not only been warning about the critical shortage of ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) his state is facing during the coronavirus pandemic — he is also complaining about the companies that are forcing states to compete with each other over who can pay the most. And similarly, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is complaining that it has been “very hard” for his state to obtain medical equipment when it has to compete with the federal government.

At a press conference on Saturday, April 4, Beshear told reporters, “Our biggest problem is that just about every single order that we have out there for PPE, we get a call right when it’s supposed to be shipped — and it’s typically the federal government has bought it. It’s very hard to buy things when the federal government is there, and any time they want to buy it, they get it first.”

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