Here's the complaint. The defendants are the state of Michigan, its agencies charged with overseeing public education, and the Highland Park School District. From Kary Moss, the Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan:
This is a first-of-its-kind lawsuit asserting a child’s fundamental right to read. The capacity to learn is deeply rooted in the ability to achieve literacy. A child who cannot read will be disenfranchised in our society and economy for a lifetime. Highland Park students want to be educated. However, their hopes and dreams for a future are being destroyed by an ineffective system that does not adequately prepare them for life beyond school.