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Rhode Island lawsuit: Students sue for the right to learn civics

Posted on AllSides December 12th, 2019
From The Center
education, civics, lawsuit, Rhode Island, US Constitution

Is access to education a right guaranteed by the Constitution? A federal case in Rhode Island, brought by parents and students, tests the ideals of equal opportunity and participatory democracy.

Last Thursday, the same morning that Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the U.S. House of Representatives would draft articles of impeachment, a federal judge began considering another matter with deep implications for the democracy: whether students have a constitutional right to an adequate public education to prepare them for civic life.

As lawyers argued over moving forward to trial,...

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