History of Religion in Education

  • "Old Deluder Satan" Act

    The first publicly supported schools in America were established due to religious motives.
  • The First Ammendment

    Specified that "Congress shall make no law repecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free excercise.
  • West Virgina v. Barnette

    Supreme Court made it clear that students may not be required to salute the flag.
  • Everson v. Board of Education

    First establishment clause decision.
  • Lemon v. Kurtzman

    The Supreme Court announced a three part test to evaluate establishment clase clames.
  • Wisconsin v. Yoder

    Supreme Court exempted Amish children from school attendance afte completion of eighth grade.
  • Alabama Law

    Insereted the phrase "voluntary prayer" into an existing statute that authorized a period of silent meditation.
  • Kentucky Law

    Supreme Court declared a Kentucky Law unconstitutional that required posting of the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms.
  • Lee vs. Weisman

    The first major school prayer case that involved prayers led by religious authority figures at public school graduation ceremonies.