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AG Nessel asks to join “right-to-read” lawsuit

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has asked a federal court to accept her arguments supporting a group of Detroit parents who have sued the state.

The families want the court to rule their children have the right to good schools and an adequate education.

The families lost their challenge in the lower court and the case is now before the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nessel says the right to read is the most fundamental skill taught to students – and it is critical to success in school, employment, and relationships.

Kelly Rossman-McKinney is the attorney general’s communications director.

“If you can’t read, you’re lost for life.”

Governor Whitmer’s administration says the case should be dismissed because she was not in office when the lawsuit was originally filed.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.