Michelle Johnson’s tone was somber Thursday as she described how her daughter, an 11th-grader at Highland Park High School, could read at only a third-grade level.
“How can she begin to get a job when she’s still on an elementary level?” Johnson asked. “Your child is not college ready and can’t fill out an application.”
Johnson is one of eight individuals represented in a class action filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.
The lawsuit, which could have national implications, is the first of its kind asserting a child’s fundamental right to read. It charges that state agencies, as well as those overseeing Highland Park schools, failed to take the effective steps to ensure students are reading at grade level, as set forth by state law and the Michigan Constitution.
Now if they could just do something about tenure and break the focking teachers union.