Judge rules against students seeking better civics education

By: | October 15, 2020

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of Rhode Island school children demanding a better civics education in the nation’s public schools, but in the same decision praised the students for bringing attention to the issue and lamented the delicate state of American democracy.

The class-action lawsuit filed in November 2018 by 18 plaintiffs asked the court to confirm the constitutional right of all public school students to a civics education that prepares them adequately to vote, exercise free speech, petition the government and actively engage in civic life in a democratic society.

U.S. District Court Judge William Smith in his 55-page ruling said that right has not been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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