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Conservative U.S. Judge Rules Children Have No ‘Fundamental Right’ To Education

U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III ruled 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, Stephen Murphy ruled against Detroit students who wanted to hold state officials accountable for what their attorneys said were systemic failures in teaching literacy.

While the judge acknowledged in his opinion that illiteracy is important to people and society, he argued that impact of illiteracy does “not necessarily make access to literacy a fundamental right,” according to The Detroit Free Press.

“I’m shocked,” Detroit Federation of Teachers President Ivy Bailey told the 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.”

Murphy was appointted by former president George W. Bush. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 24, 2008. He assumed the bench on August 18, 2008.

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