Right to literacy amendment to consitution

Posted at 8:34 AM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 08:34:08-05

Michigan's constitution provides every student a right to get an education, but it doesn't have a measure on enforcing the quality of education.

That's why an amendment to the constitution was introduced today to change that. It would ensure that literacy is a fundamental right.

The bill's sponsor is Representative Darrin Camilleri said the change will help students succeed even beyond the classroom.

"The state says there is no guarantee to a right to literacy in our constitution, so we are going to provide that. To make sure that is the law that students deserve access to reading and if no one is going to do anything, it is our responsibility as a legislature to step up and lead. And I think this issue is extremely important in doing that."

A house education committee is expected to take up the amendment next week.