Michigan settles Detroit schools lawsuit, acknowledges a right to literacy

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Michigan has settled a historic lawsuit that claimed the state had failed to provide basic educational opportunities to students in Detroit.

Now for the hard part.

As part of the settlement, announced Thursday, the state agreed to pay $3 million to seven student plaintiffs and the Detroit Public Schools Community District to fund school literacy programs. That money can be awarded without approval of the Legislature, Tiffany Brown, spokesperson for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, said.

But the biggest portion of the settlement — a potential $94.4 million for literacy efforts in Detroit schools — might never make it out of Lansing.

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