Michigan Civil Rights Commission Declares Education is a Civil Right

Contact: Todd Heywood HeywoodT@Michigan.gov
Agency: Civil Rights

Detroit, MI— During a meeting of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission Monday evening, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission approved a resolution declaring “minimally effective education” is a civil rights issue.

The full resolution reads:

“While the Michigan Civil Rights Commission is continuing to develop conclusions and recommendations for our report on “Education Equity in Michigan,” we have determined it is appropriate for us to release this draft excerpt from the report at this time.  We do so because the question of whether education should be considered a civil right is hotly contested, so much so that it is at the root of present appellate litigation arising from a case involving the Detroit Public Schools.  We believe this issue is of enormous importance, and one on which we need to be heard now, rather than in two to four months when the full report will be final and available to the public.

“We therefore resolve that the Michigan Civil Rights Commission finds public education to be a civil rights issue, and a minimally effective education to be a civil right. 

“We further resolve to adopt and make publicly available the attached excerpt from the draft of what will be our report on “Education Equity in Michigan.”

The resolution and excerpt from the Commission’s “Education Equity in Michigan” is attached as a PDF to this release and will be available shortly on the MDCR website. 

The resolution was adopted unanimously.  

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to safeguard constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the investigational arm of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and working to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law. 

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