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Pierce v. Society of Sisters
United States Supreme Court
268 U.S. 510 (1925)
The state of Oregon (State) (defendant) enacted the Compulsory Education Act (Act), which mandated that children between the ages of eight and 16 attend public school in their district of residence. The Society of Sisters (Society) (plaintiff) and Hill Military Academy (Academy) (plaintiff), both providers of private education for youths, sued the State to enjoin the Act. Plaintiffs prevailed in the lower court. The State appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (McReynolds, J.)
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