The Legacy of the School Question

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 Legacy of the School Question

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This chapter traces the evolution of nonsectarian education, Bible reading in the schools, and the funding of religious schools in the years following the Blaine Amendment. It discusses the impact of the Blaine Amendment on state constitutional provisions prohibiting religious school funding and the gradual secularization of public education in the latter nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It concludes with an analysis of the early decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court on religious school funding and religious instruction in the public schools (1947–1963). It demonstrates that the Court's decisions built on legal principles that had developed during the nineteenth century.

Keywords: Bible reading; released time; no-funding principle; Catholic parochial schools; United States Supreme Court; First Amendment; Establishment Clause

Chapter.  16239 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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