Federal lawsuit filed over right to read Posted on August 14, 2018 by Andrew Findley The Constitution doesn’t guarantee a right to education. But that’s not stopping a group of Detroit students from filing a federal lawsuit against Michigan officials, claiming the state violated their right to learn how to read by not providing adequate resources. Judge Stephen J. Murphy III ruled that while conditions in Detroit schools were devastating, the Constitution’s Due Process Clause doesn’t guarantee literacy. But attorneys argue that depriving children of the ability to read affects other rights, such as voting, leaving them without the skills they need to participate in democracy. The Washington Post has more on how attorneys are trying this new approach.