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written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Mitchell v. Helms

Volume 4 . Chapter 12 . § 12-14

Mitchell v. Helms60 § 12-14

The Supreme Court ruled that the use of federal funds to provide secular and nonideological educational materials (including library materials, computer equipment and software, and textbooks) to both public and church-affiliated schools did not violate the First Amendment's nonestablishment of religion clause. As part of a longstanding school aid program known as "Chapter 2," the federal government distributes funds to state and local governmental agencies, which in turn lend educational materials and equipment to public and private schools. The question addressed by the Court was whether Chapter 2 violates the First Amendment's "nonestablishment of religion" clause if some of the funds are used to provide educational ...

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