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Zorach v. Clauson

United States Supreme Court
343 U.S. 306 (1952)


Facts

The city of New York implemented a program that authorized public schools to release students, with parental permission, during certain periods of the school day in order for the students to attend religious services or classes. Zorach (plaintiff) and others filed suit to challenge the constitutionality of the program on grounds that it violated the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment. The Court of Appeals of New York sustained the program. Zorach appealed.

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