Lawyers will appeal the recent decision that students do not have a right to basic literacy.

Politico writes:

MICHIGAN SCHOOL QUALITY ISSUES CONTINUE TO DOMINATE: Attorneys representing Detroit school children in a high-profile “right to read” lawsuit say they plan to appeal a federal judge’s ruling dismissing the case. The case, Gary B. v. Snyder, is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of seven Michigan students that argued that a lack of certified teachers, books, school supplies and evidence-based curricula has led to dismal English proficiency rates.

— Judge Stephen J. Murphy III in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, ruled on Friday that while the schools, as alleged, are “nothing short of devastating,” access to literacy is not a fundamental right.

— Mark Rosenbaum of Public Counsel, which helped represent the students, said in a statement that the court got it “tragically wrong.” Read more from Kimberly Hefling.

— Meanwhile, in Flint, Mich., reports that public schools will be starting the school year this fall with water jugs — not drinking fountains — because water in the school buildings has not yet been deemed safe. The district has used bottled water for years because of the city’s water crisis.