Students in Detroit Are Suing the State Because They Weren’t Taught to Read
7-6-18, A federal judge has concluded that the Constitution doesn't require schools to promote students’ literacy. What to do when a school is infested with vermin, when textbooks are outdated, when students can’t even read? And there's little discipline?
Seven students in Detroit Michigan decide their only recourse is to sue the government. Their class-action suit filed against the state of Michigan asserts that education is a basic right and that they have been denied it. Usually, such education-equity cases wend their way through state courts, as all 50 state constitutions mandate public-education systems, while the country’s guiding document doesn’t include the word education.
States including Arkansas and Delaware, for example, constitutionally require the provision of “general” or “efficient” education, while states such as Colorado and Idaho stipulate that education be “thorough” or “uniform.” A few states, like Virginia, mention quality. And one state—Montana—guarantees “equality of educational opportunity” for all its residents. It also requires in its statutes that all schools provide a sound foundation for literacy in kids’ early years. More here
What about disciplining unruly kids?
How Disruptive Students Escalate Hostility and Disorder
Managing unruly behavior is one of the most difficult, frustrating, and even frightening parts of being a teacher. Intervening when children are disruptive causing all the students to suffer.
Michigan Eases Ban On Force - The New York Times
1992 Archives: Some say these corporal punishment bans hinder teachers' ability to control unruly disruptive students. The school personnel is now permitted to use "reasonable physical force upon a pupil as necessary to maintain order and control in a school or school-related setting." And it spells out, in more detail than the previous law did, the circumstances under which force may be deemed "necessary."
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