Michigan governor to ask lawmakers for $94.4M as part of Detroit schools literacy lawsuit settlement

Money to be used for high-quality literacy program, other ways to further education

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DETROIT – Michigan’s governor has agreed to ask lawmakers to provide $94.4 million to Detroit’s public schools as part of a lawsuit settlement.

The settlement comes just weeks after a federal appeals court issued a groundbreaking decision recognizing a constitutional right to education and literacy.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she will ask the state to pay for literacy-related programs and other initiatives. The state also will provide $280,000 to be shared by the seven students named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

That money is to be used for a high-quality literacy program or other ways to further their education.