Religion and Public Education

  • Old Deluder Satan

    This event in time required establishment and support of schools in towns of 50 or more to teach children to read and write. A child could delude satan and accept salvation if they read the bible.
  • Gitlow V. New York

    The fundamental concept of "liberty" embodied in the 14th Amendment incorporates the guarantees of the 1st Amendmdent and the safeguards against state interference.
  • West Virginia V. Barnette

    Students may not be required to salute the flag.
  • Everson V. Board

    The school could not aid one religion or even all religions but instead must be neutral toward all religions.
  • McCollum V. Bd. of Education

    Time used to be set aside for relgious instruction. This law became unconstituional in 1948 and known as McCollum V. Board of Education.
  • Zorach V Clausen

    Instruction of religious education took place off school grounds.
  • Engle V. Vitale

    The Supreme Court delcared that school-sponsored prayer and/or Bible reading violated the establishment clause.
  • Epperson V Arkansas

    Court struck down an Arkansas anti-evolution statue under the establishment clause holding that evolution theory is a science and state cannot restrict such teaching in favor of religious preference.
  • Lemon V. Kurtzman

    "Wall of Seperation"
  • Wisconsin V. Yoder

    This law excepted children from school attendance after successful completion of the 8th Grade. Schools cannot sponsor religious programs such as prayer groups.
  • Wallace V. Jaffee

    The Supreme court added an Alambama law that inserted the phrase "involuntary prayer" into the existing staute of "silent meditation".
  • Stone V. Graham

    The Supreme Court declared a Kentukcy law unconstitutional that required the posting of the Ten Commandments in the public school classroom.
  • Mozert V. Hawkins County Board of Education

    Both teachers and students have the right to be excused from school attendance to observe relgious holidays.
  • Lee V. Weisman

    Rhode Island school district was declared unconstitutional by the Court as a violation of the establishment clause
  • Doe V. Madison School District

    An idaho school district, selected student speakers by class standing and allowed them to recite "an address, poem, reading, song, musical presentation, prayer, or any other pronouncement of their chose. "Student Expression"
  • Lassonade V. Pleasanton Unified School District

    If public schools are in no way involved there is no "state action" and therefore no violation of the establishment clause.