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

Zelman v. Simmons-Harris

Volume 4 . Chapter 12 . § 12-16

Zelman v. Simmons-Harris62 § 12-16

The United States Supreme Court ruled that a state program that provided low-income parents with vouchers that could be used to enroll their children at secular and religious private secondary schools did not violate the First Amendment's "nonestablishment of religion" clause since the aid was being directed to the parents, who in turn could apply it in any manner they chose. The Court noted that "three times we have confronted establishment clause challenges to neutral government programs that provide aid directly to a broad class of individuals, who, in turn, direct the aid to religious schools or institutions of their own choosing. Three times we have rejected such challenges." Those three cases are summarized ...

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