The Development of the “No-Funding Principle”

Steven K. Green

in The Bible, the School, and the Constitution

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827909
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932849 | DOI:
The Development of the “No-Funding Principle”

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This chapter considers the funding side of the School Question up to the Civil War. Using the New York Free School Society as an example, it traces the development of the rule prohibiting the public funding of denominational and religious-based schooling. It discusses the first significant conflict over efforts to fund Catholic parochial schools that arose in New York between 1840 and 1842. It also discusses how the no-funding principle developed into a legal/constitutional rule. The chapter examines the development of express provisions in state constitutions prohibiting the funding of religious schools, and it concludes with an analysis of the impact of anti-Catholic nativism on the School Question.

Keywords: nonsectarian education; no-funding principle; Catholic parochial schools; New York; Bishop John Hughes; Philadelphia “Bible War”; nativism; Know-Nothings

Chapter.  22540 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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