In a landmark decision, a federal appeals court has ruled that children have a constitutional right to literacy, dealing a remarkable victory to students.

The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit brought by students of five Detroit schools, claiming that because of deteriorating buildings, teacher shortages and inadequate textbooks, the state of Michigan failed to provide them with the most fundamental of skills: the ability to read.

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Rashida Tlaib has some experience being first, and not just because she is the eldest of 14 children.

As the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, she was the first person in her family to earn a high school diploma — then a college degree, and a law degree.

She was the first Muslim woman ever elected to Michigan's Legislature, where she served in the House for the maximum term of six years.

And in January, she is set to become America's first-ever Muslim congresswoman.

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It has been almost a year since Detroit was bankrupt, and for the first time in years, the city has money to spend. Detroit has developed a four-year financial plan and reached a collective bargaining agreement with a major union, two targets the city agreed to under the bankruptcy. Although the city is obligated to pay almost nothing into employee pensions over the next nine years, an estimated $195 million pension payment could offset the city's recovery. 

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