1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in public schools was unconstitutional


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On this day in 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court banned as unconstitutional the use of public school facilities by religious organizations as a venue for religious instruction to students. In an 8-to-1 ruling, the court held that such activities violate the First Amendment.

The case was brought by Vashti McCollum, the mother of a student enrolled in the Champaign public school district.

The use of public school facilities by religious organizations to give religious instruction to school children violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

People of State of Illinois ex rel. Vashti McCollum v. Board of Education of School District № 71, Champaign County, Illinois, et al.
Citations
333 U.S. 203 (more)
68 S. Ct. 461; 92 L. Ed. 2d 649; 1948 U.S. LEXIS 2451

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