- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan appeals court has sharply questioned attorneys in an unusual lawsuit that blames the state and the Highland Park school district for the poor reading skills of students.

The state is appealing a decision by a Wayne County judge who says the case can go to trial. The American Civil Liberties Union wants court-ordered improvements in the district, next to Detroit.

Judge Christopher Murray appeared to be the leading skeptic on the three-judge panel Wednesday. He’s concerned about courts micromanaging schools. Judge Kathleen Jansen says there seems no question that Highland Park is “miserably failing.”

ACLU attorney Mark Rosenbaum says the state constitutional rights of students are being violated if they’re not getting the help they need. Assistant Attorney General Darrin Fowler says there are remedies beyond lawsuits.

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