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    • Do Students Have a Civil Right to High-Quality Education?

      Watch XQ’s Russlynn Ali and Civil Rights icons Danny Glover, Bob Moses, Mark Rosenbaum, BJ Walker, and youth activist Jamarria Hall in a town hall discussion of Quality Education as a Constitutional Right.


       
      Equity never happens without relentless demand. All students deserve, and our nation requires that they receive, a high-quality education, which encompasses student-centered learning, ever-increasing rigor, and instruction that allows young people to become designers of their own ambitions and creators of our shared future.

      But is the right to a high-quality education enforceable? Did you know that this important question is still actively playing out in courts?

      In 2016, a group of Detroit students filed a lawsuit seeking access to an education that prepares them for higher education and the 21st century workforce. They claimed that the Detroit public schools were so horribly under-resourced that the district could not possibly provide the rigorous, engaging learning students need to succeed.

      On April 23, 2020, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit agreed with the students, resulting in a commitment by the State of Michigan to invest more in the Detroit Public Schools. While the full 6th Circuit eventually overturned the panel decision, the settlement still means that Detroit students will have more resources—and greater opportunity—moving forward. More important, the original panel decision suggests that a groundbreaking shift in how courts think about education could be taking place. This could be a critical moment in the push to establish a civil right to education.

      Watch XQ’s Russlynn Ali and Civil Rights icons Danny Glover, Bob Moses, Mark Rosenbaum, and BJ Walker, as well as youth activist Jamarria Hall, as they discuss the significance of the lawsuit and what may be an emerging pathway to educational justice in our times.
       

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      Panelists

      Russlynn Ali

      FOUNDER & CEO, XQ INSTITUTE

      Danny Glover

      ACTOR AND ALGEBRA PROJECT BOARD MEMBER

      Jamarria Hall

      ADVOCATE FOR EQUITABLE PUBLIC EDUCATION. RECENT GRADUATE OF DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS

      Robert “Bob” Moses

      FOUNDER OF THE ALGEBRA PROJECT AND SNCC VETERAN

      Mark Rosenbaum

      ATTORNEY FOR THE DETROIT CHILDREN IN THE 6TH CIRCUIT COURT DECISION

      B.J. Walker

      MODERATOR, ALGEBRA PROJECT BOARD MEMBER

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