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Investigation of Claims of Age Discrimination

Court rules that investigation of teacher's complaint does not violate school's rights.

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• The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that a state law requiring church-operated elementary and secondary schools to comply with various state regulations did not violate the constitutional right of parents to freely exercise their religion. The Vermont compulsory education law requires all children between 7 and 16 years of age to attend either a public school or "a reporting private school." All that is required of a "reporting private school" is that it file an annual report with the state department of education agreeing to offer certain courses, state its purposes, state the days and hours the school is in session, provide a list of students, and agree to notify the state when a student leaves. Monitoring whether or not a private school is offering the minimum course of study prescribed by state law is left up to the parents and not the state. A church that operated a private school ...

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  • March 1, 1991

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